Greenville Health System is at the forefront of robotic surgery. Robotic surgery is a ground breaking alternative to conventional open surgery and traditional laparoscopy.
da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Today, complex conditions ranging from prostate cancer to uterine prolapse, fibroids and even heart disease can be treated minimally invasively with da Vinci Surgery. This approach uses a robotic surgical system that provides the Greenville Health System Robotics Program surgeons better vision, more precision and control. It requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to your life faster — without the usual recovery following major surgery.
Gynecology trained robotic surgeons
Urogynecology trained robotic surgeons:
Urology trained robotic surgeons:
Advanced Robotic Solution for Arrhythmias:
Arrhythmia Consultants offers patients the latest in robotic treatment of arrhythmia using the Sensei® Robotic Catheter System. A very specialized tool used for catheter based mapping within the chambers of a patient’s heart, the Sensei System allows for more precise and stable catheter manipulation during complex cardiac procedures. Arrhythmia Consultants and Greenville Hospital System were the first facility in South Carolina to offer this technology and have more experience than any other practice in the state.
This unique, state of the art technology is powered by a highly accurate, robotically controlled arm that allows for catheter navigation, stability and positioning within the chamber of the heart.
Oncology & Thoracic robotic surgeons:
A robotic assisted lobectomy (removal of the section of the lung containing the tumor) allows for improved access inside the chest cavity and lungs. Because surgery is performed through a few tiny incisions, spreading your ribs to access the lung is avoided. Robotic assisted surgery is minimally invasive, unlike thoracotomy. Thoracotomy is the traditional way to access the chest cavity; it requires a long incision between the ribs, and often a long and painful recovery.
A robotic assisted lobectomy offers lung cancer patients the benefits of surgery, but with a minimally invasive approach.
For more information, call (864) 455-1200.
CorPath System by Corindus:
A vascular robotic assisted system that offers interventional cardiologists in the cath lab unparalleled control of guide wires and balloon and stent catheters while performing interventional procedures. This system is the only robotic-assisted PCI system cleared by the FDA. GHS interventional cardiologist, Dr. Zachary George performed the first robotic assisted PCI in the state of SC in December, 2013. The CorPath system offers many advantages for patients and physicians.
Advantages for patients
- Robotic Precision in placing stents or exact placement of balloons and stents, thereby leading to better and safer outcomes.
- Enables doctor to visualize better and gain more informative images
- Can lead to shorter procedure time by allowing MD to advance stent into the right vessel at the right angle, thus using less radiation
Advantages for surgeons
- Ability to sit in a radiation-free environment, designed to eliminate orthopedic injuries, less fatigue, neck and back strain
- Ability to move catheters, balloons and stents on a millimeter scale, which is practically impossible with the manual method
- Enhanced visualization and measurement capabilities
Cardiac Arrhythmia Robotic Surgery
Let’s face it, when it comes to your health or the health of a loved one, knowledge and information is power. That’s why it’s important to consult your physician if you notice a change in your health including an irregular heart beat that may be concerning you.
At Greenville Health System, we are committed to offering the latest in advanced cardiac technology. Recently, we added the Sensei X Robotic-Assisted Cardiac Navigation System that helps reduce your exposure to radiation along with the amount of time required for your procedure. The Sensei X System provides catheter accuracy and control during the procedure and can help give your physician access to your heart that may have been previously difficult-to-reach.
For you and your family, it can help add up to more peace of mind. If you’d like to learn more about cardiac mapping and about how the Sensei X Robotic-Assisted Cardiac Navigation System may help you, please contact Dr. Donald Rubenstein with Arrhythmia Consultants at 864-672-2342.
Gynecological Robotic Surgery
When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.
Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
Greenville Health System is equipped and staffed to perform a wide variety of gynecological procedures including:
- Cervical and endometrial cancers
- Lymphnode dissections
- Ovarian cysts and masses
- Hysterectomies (benign or cancer)
Using minimally invasive techniques with the assistance of the superior dexterity and viewing capabilities of the da Vinci surgical system, surgeons perform complex procedures through 1-2 cm incisions offering many advantages over traditional surgery. For the clinically appropriate patient, da Vinci gynecological procedures offer a number of potential benefits, including:
- Less post-operative pain
- Less risk of infection
- Less anesthesia
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster and more complete recovery
- Quicker return to normal daily activities
GHS Urology Surgeons are delivering the #1 choice for treatment of localized prostate cancer in the United States, the da Vinci Prostatectomy. GHS’s da Vinci Prostatectomy, a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgical procedure removes the cancerous prostate gland and related structures.
Potential Benefits of da Vinci Prostatectomy
- Effective Cancer Control: Studies have shown that experienced surgeons have achieved excellent results in removing prostate cancer without leaving cancer cells behind.
- Improved and Early Return of Sexual Function: Studies have shown that most patients have a rapid return of sexual function.
- Improved and Early Return of Continence: Studies have shown that most patients have a rapid return of urinary continence.
- Improved Results over Traditional Treatments: Patients may benefit from surgical treatment of localized prostate cancer, the established gold standard, as compared to radiation. Surgery has a higher and longer survival rate than radiation or other treatments. Surgery also has a lower risk of long-term complications than radiation treatments.
Minimally Invasive Surgery: The da Vinci System enables GHS surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
Additional patient benefits may include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter recovery time
- A faster return to normal daily activities