Robotic Surgery

Surgery has evolved dramatically in recent years, with an increasing number of procedures routinely performed minimally invasively, through laparoscopy. Now, technologies like the da Vinci® SI Robotic platform are taking surgery to the next level, allowing surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures with greater precision than ever before.

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As Marin’s leading healthcare provider, MarinHealth has the first and only robotic program in Marin County. Our program was developed around the latest advancement in robotic surgery, the high-definition da Vinci® SI Surgical System. This robust and versatile technology helps us achieve our goal of always operating as minimally invasively as possible. What’s more, it allows us to offer our patients the convenience of having surgery close to home rather than having to go to an academic center, where the wait lists are longer and surgery might have to be scheduled months in advance. Our patients also have the advantage of quick, easy access to their physicians, personalized, concierge-style service, and a navigator (for cancer patients) to help them understand and prepare for their procedure.

Advantages of Robotic-assisted Surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery has considerable advantages over traditional open procedures, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Reduced blood loss and fewer blood transfusions
  • Fewer complications
  • Smaller scars
  • A faster recovery and return to normal daily activities

The da Vinci® SI Surgical System

In robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon operates virtually from behind a console, using real-time imaging. The system translates the surgeon’s movements into the precise manipulation of tiny surgical instruments that have been introduced into the surgical site through a small incision. The da Vinci® SI Robotic platform is equipped with Firefly technology, which uses near infra-red imaging and a tracer dye to produce exceptionally detailed imaging during surgery. For tumor surgery, the imaging reveals a tumor’s blood supply and shows a clear delineation between the tumor and healthy tissue, allowing the surgeon to operate with amazing accuracy.

The Experts Behind the Equipment

Successful robotic surgery requires extensive training, experience and skill. Without a talented surgeon controlling the equipment, robot is just a sophisticated tool. Our robotic surgeons have a wealth of experience performing hundreds of complex procedures. Many of our surgeons have trained in and even taught robotic surgery techniques at some of the nation’s top medical schools. All are certified on the da Vinci® SI Surgical System for specific procedures within their specialty.

  • General Surgery
    Robotic-assisted general surgery focuses on the contents of the abdomen. One leading-edge procedure now performed at MarinHealth Medical Center is single-site gall bladder surgery in which the gallbladder is removed through a single incision in the belly button! The result is virtually scarless.
  • Gynecology
    The da Vinci® SI enables our surgeons to perform complicated gynecologic operations – including hysterectomies – through a few tiny incisions.
  • Urology
    Robotic surgery is a very effective technique for prostatectomies and other urological procedures, as it enables very precise, delicate work.

“Dr. Yu has my everlasting gratitude for my treatment, and his skill in robotic surgery, which was a success and has allowed me to quickly recover and return to normal living. Thank you, Dr. Yu and thank you staff for your professionalism and caring spirits.”
– Bette B.