Providence Robotic Surgery Program–Southern Oregon

In the hands of experienced surgeons, robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery can mean less pain and trauma, easier recovery, fewer complications and a faster return to normal life for patients. Providence Medford Medical Center is committed to offering these advantages to our patients.

Providence Medford:

  • Has more experience in robotic-assisted procedures than any other hospital in the region
  • Is the only hospital in the region with two robotic surgery suites
  • Is the region’s only hospital equipped with the latest and most advanced da Vinci® Xi Surgical System

Robotic advancements have transformed the way we approach many procedures, improving surgical access and precision while reducing unnecessary pain and bleeding. As a result, many operations that previously required long surgeries and hospital stays now can be performed as outpatient procedures, with patients returning home in a few hours. 

Our certified robotic surgeons offer a depth of experience that is unsurpassed in the region, including expertise in several areas:

  • Gynecology – hysterectomies and fibroid surgeries are performed at Providence Medford by one of the most experienced robotic-certified surgeons in the region.
  • Prolapse repair – Providence Medford’s urogynecological surgeons are the only team in Southern Oregon offering robotic prolapse repair.
  • General and colorectal surgery – our general surgeons routinely treat abdominal hernias and reflux disease with robotics, and have extensive experience in robotic-assisted colorectal surgery.
  • Urology – Many robotic options for prostate, kidney and bladder conditions are offered at Providence Medford.

About robotic surgery

Advantages for patients

Robotic vs. open surgery

Robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery offers compelling benefits to patients compared to conventional open surgery, including:

  • Less pain and trauma
    Increased precision means less trauma to the body, which results in less post-operative discomfort and less need for pain medication. 
  • Fewer complications 
    The risk of post-operative complications, such as infection or hernia formation, is significantly reduced with robotic surgery. 
  • Less bleeding, fewer transfusions 
    Greater surgical vision and precision results in less bleeding during surgery, which reduces the need for transfusions.
  • Less time in the hospital, quicker return home
    Open surgeries often require 6- to 12-inch incisions and many days in the hospital. With the smaller, half-inch incisions used in robotic surgery, many procedures now can be performed as outpatient procedures. Patients typically go home the same day or the day after their robotic surgery. 
  • Faster recovery 
    Following many types of open surgeries, recovery time may take up to eight weeks. With robotic procedures, many people can return to work and to their normal activities in as little as three to five days.
  • Less scarring 
    Robotic surgery results in smaller, less visible scarring. In some cases, the scars may not be visible at all. 

Robotic vs. laparoscopic surgery

In addition to its advantages over open surgery, robotic surgery offers several advantages over traditional laparoscopic surgery, including more vivid, 3-D vision, greater range of motion and precision, and technology that eliminates hand tremors. These advantages may translate into safer surgeries that minimize trauma and bleeding. 

Studies also are finding that robotic surgery may offer specific advantages over laparoscopy for certain procedures. Some examples of these potential benefits include:

  • Colorectal surgery: lower blood loss, quicker return of bowel function, fewer complications and shorter hospital stays. Learn more ›
  • Hysterectomy: shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, less bleeding and less need for transfusions. Learn more ›
  • Prostatectomy: faster return of urinary continence, higher rate of return to pre-surgery erectile function in the first year, shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and better nerve sparing. Learn more ›
  • Kidney surgery (partial nephrectomy): better kidney function, less blood loss, fewer complications and shorter hospital stays. Learn more ›

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