Robotic General Surgery

Robotic general surgery procedures at Scripps

Scripps Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program combines the expertise of our specialists with the most innovative robotic surgical system available. Our specially trained and experienced robotic surgeons perform the following general surgery procedures:

Learn more about the risks and benefits of robotic surgery.

Alimentary general surgical procedures

  • Colectomy surgery
    Robotic-assisted colectomy surgery removes part or all of the colon, or large intestine, to treat conditions including colorectal cancer, small growths called polyps, diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel diseases.
  • Gastrectomy
    Robotic-assisted gastrectomy surgery is partial or complete removal of the stomach. This surgical procedure may be performed to remove benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) tumors or treat bleeding or inflammation of the stomach lining.
  • Heller myotomy
    Robotic-assisted heller myotomy is a surgical procedure used to treat achalasia, a disorder of the esophagus that makes it difficult to swallow solids or liquids. This procedure improves swallowing by relaxing the sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach.
  • Nissen fundoplication
    One of the treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Nissen fundoplication with surgical robots reinforces the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach to reduce acid backup from the stomach into the esophagus.
  • Rectopexy
    Robotic rectopexy surgery repairs rectal prolapse, a condition in which tissue from the rectal wall protrudes through the anus. No bowel resection is required.

Solid organ surgery

  • Adrenalectomy
    Located above each kidney, the adrenal glands produce hormones such as epinephrine, estrogen and cortisol. Robotic adrenalectomy surgery removes one or both of the adrenal glands.
  • Liver and bile duct resection
    Robotic-assisted liver and bile duct resection may be used to remove malignant (cancerous) growths from the liver or bile ducts. Benign (non-cancerous) growths may also need to be removed if they cause blockages or other problems.
  • Nephrectomy
    Robotic nephrectomy is the removal of all or part of a kidney due to cancer, disease or severe damage.
  • Pancreatectomy
    Conditions including pancreatic cancer, benign tumors and pancreatitis may be treated by robotic-assisted pancreatectomy to remove part or all of the pancreas.
  • Robotic cholecystectomy
    The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under the liver that helps digest fat. If it becomes inflamed, infected, diseased or blocked, robotic-assisted cholecystectomy can be used to remove the gallbladder.

Robotic hernia surgery

An incisional or ventral hernia occurs when part of an organ, usually the intestine, protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal wall caused by a previous incision. Robotic laparoscopic surgery can repair ventral and incisional hernias without open surgery, and significantly reduces the likelihood of hernia recurrence.

Potential benefits and risks of robotic surgery

As a robotic surgery procedure, single-site surgery could potentially result in a faster recovery, less blood loss, reduced pain and a shorter hospital stay than traditional open surgery.

As with any major surgery, however, there is a recovery period of several days or more, as well as risks of bleeding, infection and other complications. Robotic surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. Talk to your surgeon about your treatment options and the risks and benefits of each.