• About robotic surgery at UC Davis Health

UC Davis Health surgeons are known throughout the U.S. for their leadership in robotics, the latest development in minimally invasive surgical technology. Robotic-assisted surgery is offered in several specialties, including gastrointestinal, cardiothoracic, gynecologic oncology, otolaryngology (head and neck) and urologic surgery. Each procedure is performed by a highly experienced and skilled team of surgeons, nurses and technicians who are specially trained to use robotic surgical systems.

Benefits to surgeons and patients

The key differences of using robotic systems for surgeons are improved, 3D visualization and precision control of surgical instruments. The technology can be ideal for certain delicate or complex surgeries, because it makes it easier for surgeons to avoid surrounding nerves and organs. 

For patients, robotic surgery offers several potential benefits over conventional open surgery, including: 

  • Less pain and use of pain medication
  • Less blood loss
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Shorter recovery time

How robotic-assisted surgery works 

UC Davis Health surgeons have access to the latest da Vinci XI and SP robotics systems. Our spinal neurosurgeons use the ExcelsiusGPS system. 

With da Vinci systems, the surgeon sits at a control console near the patient while an assistant surgeon is at the patient’s bedside. Procedures involve very small, keyhole-sized incisions (with SP, just one incision) through which a tiny camera and surgical instruments are placed. The surgeon sees the operative field through a video monitor and manually controls robotic arms that replicate movements of the surgeon’s hands. 

The ExcelsiusGPS robotic navigation system is alongside the patient’s bedside together with the surgeon. The system links imaging with precision alignment technology for procedures that involve placing screws to improve spinal stability. 

Working with patients to decide if robotics is right for them 

As with all surgical procedures, outcomes of robotics surgeries cannot be guaranteed. Your physician will discuss the risks and benefits of treatment options with you. 

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Our Robotic Program Surgeons

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