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General Surgery

Surgery is often an effective treatment for many abdominal and GI conditions, but traditional open surgery with a large incision is highly invasive.


Figure 1: The red marks indicate the incision points on three different types gallbladder surgeries.

Fortunately, there are minimally invasive surgical options. The most common is laparoscopic surgery (laparoscopy). Surgeons make a few small incisions and insert a tiny camera and long-handled instruments to reach inside your abdomen. The camera transmits images onto a video monitor in the operating room to guide surgeons as they operate. Traditional laparoscopy is effective for many routine procedures but the rigid surgical instruments can be technically challenging for delicate or complex operations.

Robotic Surgery offers patients the following potential benefits:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Minimal pain
  • Low blood loss
  • Fast recovery
  • Short hospital stay
  • High patient satisfaction


Robotic General Surgery

Kettering Health Network surgeons at Kettering and Soin medical centers perform robotic general surgery.

Instead of a large abdominal incision used in open surgery, robotic surgeons make a few small incisions - similar to traditional laparoscopy. However, the da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.


Our Robotic-Assisted General Surgery Procedures Include:

If you've been diagnosed with a hernia, depending on the type, there are different robotic assisted surgeries available. These include:

Inguinal Hernia Repair
With an inguinal hernia, the hernia is surgically repaired by pushing tissue back into place and strengthening the abdominal wall with a mesh. The procedure is performed through just 3 or 4 small incisions in the lower abdominal area.

Ventral Hernia Repair - Simple and Complex
For complex ventral hernias, a mesh will be placed behind the abdominal muscles to strengthen the abdominal wall. For simple ventral hernias, the abdominal wall will simply be stitched together to prevent tissue overflow. Both procedures are performed through just three or four small incisions in the abdominal area.

If you've been diagnosed with a paraesophageal hernia, please visit our thoracic robotic surgery page.

If you've been diagnosed with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and non-surgical treatments have not subdued the symptoms, a nissen fundoplication may be recommended by your doctor. This procedure wraps the upper part of the stomach around the esophagus, preventing stomach contents from flowing back up. The procedure is performed through just 5 small incisions.

There are a variety of diseases for which your doctor may recommend a colon resection. During the operation, surgeons will remove a section of the colon and then sew the healthy ends of the bowel back together. The procedure is performed through 4 or 5 small incisions.

If your small bowel is blocked or diseased, your doctor may recommend a small bowel resection. During the operation, surgeons will remove a part of the small intestine and then sew the healthy ends of the bowel back together. The procedure is performed through 3-5 small incisions.

A distal pancreatectomy is most often performed to treat pancreatic cancer, although your doctor may also recommend it in a variety of other situations. This procedure removes the bottom half of the pancreas while leaving the pancreatic head attached. The procedure is performed through just 4 small incisions