Overview

Nearly every type of common surgery today has a minimally-invasive option. To provide the best possible patient experience, Providence Health & Services makes significant investments to acquire the leading-edge technologies required to perform minimally-invasive surgeries including robots, laparoscopes, endoscopes, cameras, computers and more.

With that technology, along with the skills of our experienced surgeons, it's no surprise that minimally-invasive surgery is the fastest-growing type of surgery performed in Providence hospitals.

Providence Health & Services was the first hospital system in Oregon to invest in robotic technology, leading a breakthrough in minimally-invasive surgical care. While laparoscopic techniques are ideal for simple surgeries, the unmatched precision of the da Vinci® Surgical System enables our credentialed surgeons to conduct more complex procedures, where previously an open surgery was the only choice.

We offer da Vinci® Surgical System robotic-assisted surgeries at Providence Medford, Portland and St. Vincent Medical Centers. Providence Medford is the first hospital in southern Oregon and northern California to offer robotic-assisted surgery.

If you've been suggested as a candidate for minimally-invasive or robotic surgery, you've come to the right place. Providence is proud to be a leading provider of minimally-invasive surgery for nearly 20 years, putting your comfort, convenience and safety first.

Now accounting for at least 50 percent of all the surgeries performed in Providence hospitals, minimally- invasive surgeries offer a compelling range of patient benefits.

Decreased hospital stay
Depending on the type of procedure, you may be discharged from the hospital within hours after your minimally-invasive surgery. Most people are able to go home the same day.

Faster recuperation
Following many types of open surgeries, recovery time may take up to eight weeks. But with minimally-invasive procedures, many people can return to their normal activities in only three to five days.

Reduced pain
Minimally-invasive surgery is less traumatic to the body and results in less post-operative discomfort, making pain medication less necessary.

Decreased complications
The risk of post-operative complications such as infection or hernia formation is significantly reduced with minimally-invasive surgery.

Faster return to work, family and friends
Because the recuperation period is much shorter, and postoperative discomfort is decreased, many patients can return to work much faster. Also, the downtime away from family and friends is minimized, thus making the whole surgery experience less traumatic.

Cosmetic benefits
Minimally-invasive surgery results in smaller, less visible scarring. In some cases, the scars may not even be visible.

Robotic-assisted procedures are used for a number of medical conditions for both male and female patients:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Vaginal prolapse

See a list of surgeons near you who perform minimally-invasive and robotic-assisted surgical procedures.