Robotic Surgery

Leading-Edge Robotic Surgery at a Community Hospital

Led by a team of highly-skilled and experienced surgeons, Winchester Hospital’s robotic surgery program is offering patients Boston-level care, close to home. Our robotic surgery program, which was the first for a community hospital, provides patients with state-of-the-art treatment for urologic and gynecologic conditions.

With minimally invasive robotic surgery, patients often go home within 24 hours of surgery, experience less pain and recover faster. In addition, our outcomes are superior, and Winchester Hospital has been recognized nationally for the highest quality care. 

Conditions Treated Using Robotic Surgery

Gynecologic conditions treated using robotic surgery at Winchester Hospital include:
  • Hysterectomy for benign conditions such as endometriosis and fibroids
  • Ovarian cancer 
  • Uterine (endometrial) cancer 
  • Cervical cancer
Urologic conditions treated using robotic surgery at Winchester Hospital include:
  • Prostate surgery (robotic prostatectomy)
  • Kidney cancer (robotic partial nephrectomy)
  • Kidney reconstruction (robotic pyeloplasty)

Choosing a Robotic Surgeon

Unlike many standard surgical tools or instruments, the value of robotic surgery is advanced by its ability to maneuver itself into positions that are sometimes impossible with the basic resection or retraction instruments. Robotic technology provides superb 3-D visualization for all patients, even the morbidly obese.

We take pride in our members of the Winchester Hospital robotic surgery team. Our surgeons are highly skilled and have collectively performed hundreds of robotic procedures with this advanced technology.

Learn about our robotic surgeons.

What is Robotic Surgery?

The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System assists surgeons in performing complex surgery with more precision than ever before. Surgeons are able to view a magnified operative site in a three-dimensional manner and utilize advanced intricate hand, finger and wrist movements for precise access to otherwise difficult anatomic sites. As a result, surgeons can now perform complex surgery using incisions that are 3/8 to 3/4 inches in length. 

With minimally invasive robotic surgery, patients usually go home within 24 hours, experience less pain, recover faster and have better outcomes.

Click here to watch a video in which Arlan Fuller, MD, Vice President of Oncology Services, explains the benefits of robotic surgery to treat gynecologic conditions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System work?

    During a robotic surgical procedure, the surgeon sits in the system console a few feet away from the patient. The surgeon looks through the vision system—like a pair of binoculars—inside the patient’s body. The system provides a three-dimensional view of the surgical site with magnification providing the best possible 3-D view. 

    The surgeon moves the handles on the console to control the robot’s arms holding the micro-surgical instruments.  These handles make precise movements easier, allow access to the body through small incision, while maintaining hand-like and wrist-like movement.

    The computerized robotic “hands” mirror the natural motions of a surgeon. After the initial incision, only the robotic hands touch the patient. A registered nurse or another surgeon is always scrubbed in at the patient’s bedside, along with the circulating nurse and scrub technologist.

  • What are the advantages of robotic surgery?

    The robotics system makes it possible for surgeons to perform complex, delicate procedures through small incisions with unmatched precision. It offers:

    • Three-dimensional vision for the surgeon.

    • Enhanced dexterity for the surgeon.

    • The ability to perform minimally invasive procedures rather than traditional open surgeries. Guided by one of our surgeons, the instruments exceed the natural range of motion of the human hand. 

    • Decreased post-operative wound infection.

  • What does minimally invasive mean?

    Minimally invasive surgeries are done through small incisions rather than large incisions that may cut across large areas of tissue. Often special instruments and visualization are needed.

  • What are the benefits of minimally invasive procedures?

    When procedures are performed through small incisions, there is less bleeding, less pain and lower risk of infection, as well as faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays. Patients return more quickly to normal living.

  • How long has robotic surgery been performed?

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the da Vinci Surgical System in 2000, making it the first robotic system allowed inside American operating rooms. Winchester hospital installed the robotic surgery system in 2008.

Emergency Services

Emergency care at Winchester Hospital is stronger than ever. We offer the latest technology, medical care and pediatric services through a partnership with specialists from Boston Children’s Hospital.

Imaging Services

Winchester Hospital offers a wide array of leading-edge diagnostic imaging services close to home, led by a team of highly skilled general and specialty radiologists, nurses, technologists and support staff.

Pain Management Center

The skilled and caring staff at Winchester Hospital's Pain Management Center helps hundreds of patients each year reduce and cope with chronic pain so that they can lead more active and productive lives.