Robotic Surgery


If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available



The da Vinci® Si HD Surgical System
provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusion 
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • And, in many cases, better clinical outcomes

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da Vinci Prostatectomy
Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted.

Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

da Vinci Surgery, a minimally invasive approach that utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.

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da Vinci Hysterectomy
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves.

For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

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Other da Vinci Surgeries at Oakwood
  • Myomectomy
  • Nephrectomy
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Colorectal
  • Trans-oral
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Sleep Apnea
Robotic treatment of sleep apnea offers patients a much smaller incision, far less scarring, less pain and quicker recovery.

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused from blockage of the throat while sleeping, causing many partial awakenings (arousals) which disrupt the flow of sleep and resulting in fatigue and sleepiness the next day. The majority of patients with sleep apnea snore heavily and some patients have a dry mouth, sore throat or even a headache upon awakening. The complications can be severe. The reductions in the blood oxygen level during apnea may result in heart and lung problems including heart attacks, heart failure, unusual heartbeats and swollen ankles. Strokes are more common in apnea suffers, as is impotency in males. Hypertension and depression are among the most common complications of untreated sleep apnea.

Oakwood physician, Roger Toma, MD, is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and fully trained on the daVinci Robotic System for this specialized procedure to correct obstructive sleep apnea. If you are experiencing obstructive sleep apnea causing blockage of the throat while sleeping, please call 800.543.WELL or visit oakwood.org to schedule an appointment with our specially-trained daVinci surgeon.


Firefly technology
Oakwood urologist, Richard Sarle, MD, general surgeon, Fuad Turfah, MD, and colorectal surgeon, Ganesh Deshmukh, MD, are a few of the only surgeons in the country to use Firefly fluorescence in conjunction with the da Vinci Si HD robotic system. Firefly fluorescence is a dye that lights up “firefly green,” enabling these surgeons to remove kidney tumors as opposed to the entire kidney. The robot’s special fluoroscopic camera shows the difference between cancerous and healthy tissue as well as the blood supply to the tumor, allowing for better tumor removal and potentially a lower risk of leaving any cancer behind.