The University of Michigan is a pioneer in the development of robotic technology. In fact, U-M was among the first centers in the U.S. to even offer that technology. The program has continued to grow since our first robotic gynecological surgery, in 2001. Now, we treat patients using the latest robotic technology for operations across many specialties including urology, thoracic, colorectal, and general surgery.
A minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery can be utilized for diseases and conditions throughout the body, including many cancers. In this procedure, a skilled surgeon controls slender, telescope-like instruments from a console near the patient. At the console, the surgeon can view the surgical field on a high definition screen in three dimensions. With the robot acting as an extension of the surgeon’s hands, surgery can be performed with greater precision and accuracy. Even some complex operations can be performed through small incisions, resulting in less trauma to the body.
At the University of Michigan, our priority is to provide you with the best service, whether that means open or minimally invasive, robotic-assisted or laparoscopic surgery. Those patients who do have robotic surgeries may benefit from the following:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Less risk of wound infection
- Smaller incisions
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
Since we are home to the renowned U-M medical school, our surgeons are using technologies that are unique to only a few programs in the country. We train physicians, residents and surgical staff in technological advances, as well as in the development of new techniques in robotic surgery. Our ongoing research and education directly impact our patients through better surgical experiences and improved recovery.
If you are interested in meeting with a robotic surgeon, please use the link to individual robotics programs based on your specific needs.