Robotic Surgery

The experience of a surgeon you trust, with the accuracy of industry-leading robotic technology. Citizens Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of the da Vinci® Surgical System, more commonly known as the robot, to the array of surgical services that we currently provide.

Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci® Surgical System

Minimally invasive surgery is now at Citizens. The da Vinci® Surgical System is a sophisticated surgical platform designed to facilitate complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. da Vinci® provides surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. The surgeon controls the da Vinci® system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. Though it is often called a robot, the da Vinci® system cannot act on its own – surgery is performed 100% by the physician. Together, da Vinci® technology allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny incisions. As a result, patients may get back to their lives faster – without the usual recovery following major surgery.

The da Vinci® system has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date. The enabling features of the da Vinci® system raise the standard of care for complex surgeries. This translates into numerous potential benefits for you, the patient, compared to open surgery, including:

  • less pain
  • less blood loss
  • shorter hospital stay
  • fewer complications
  • excellent cancer control, where indicated
  • faster return to normal activities

By providing surgeons with superior vision, enhanced dexterity, greater precision, and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci® surgical system makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex and delicate dissection or reconstruction. Minimally invasive surgical techniques allow surgeons to operate through small incisions or existing body openings, rather than use the large incisions required in traditional open surgery. In conventional laparoscopic minimally invasive procedures, a surgeon’s vision, access, and range of motion are limited because of the way surgical instruments enter the body. The da Vinci® surgical system helps alleviate that problem by allowing surgeons to maneuver into confined spaces within the body with 3D magnification while providing a greater range of motion and precision with specialized instruments.

Citizens Medical Center is excited about this new robotics technology and looks forward to caring for our patients in the best way possible and in continuing to improve the care that we provide.

If you have any questions about this new surgery option for hysterectomy and myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroid tumors) procedures, please contact Yvonne Avery, Surgery Director, at (361)572-5024. You may also ask your physician specific questions about surgery with this new equipment. Or visit the da Vinci® website at

For a complete listing of surgeons who are performing robotic procedures as well as the robotic procedures that are currently being performed at Citizens Medical Center click here.