Important Information

Robot-assisted surgery in Richmond

At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, we are an affiliated member of the Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, a 10-facility, award-winning organization. The 10 hospitals affiliated with the Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery perform more robotic-assisted surgeries than any other health system in Virginia. The staggering numbers below exemplify our commitment to robotic technology.

  • Over $6 million invested in robotic surgical technology
  • 45+ board-certified surgeons trained in performing robotic surgical procedures
  • Over 9,000 procedures performed using robotic surgery across Henrico, Parham and Retreat Doctors' Hospitals

Specialties using robotic surgery

We are proud to use advanced robotic-assisted laparoscopic and minimally invasive techniques to treat a wide range of conditions in the following specialty areas:

  • General surgery
  • Thoracic (lung) procedures, including lobectomy for lung cancer
  • Urology, including treatment for prostate cancer
  • Gynecology
  • Gastroenterology
    • Gallbladder and kidney surgery
    • Gastrointestinal and colorectal conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, benign polyps and GI and colon cancer

Advanced surgical technology

Our robotic surgeons use the latest technologies, including the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Robotic surgery is not actually performed by a robot—rather, the technology acts as an extension of the surgeon's hands, allowing him or her to complete complex, minimally invasive procedures with greater range of movement, control and accuracy. The technology also uses high-definition cameras to magnify the surgeon's vision and give them a 3D view inside the patient's body.

Robotic surgery uses much smaller incisions than traditional open surgery, resulting in a long list of benefits for our patients:

  • Less pain
  • Reduced blood less
  • Less scarring
  • Less trauma to the area surrounding the incision site
  • Decreased amount of time in surgery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal life

Videos about robotic surgery