A safe place to receive care

We recognize that these are uncertain times and you may have concerns about surgery. As always, the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and communities is our top priority. Vital healthcare procedures, including those unrelated to COVID-19, should not be ignored at this time. We put together a series of responses to several frequently asked questions regarding upcoming surgery procedures.

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Minimally invasive surgery in Port St. Lucie

St. Lucie Medical Center offers robotic-assisted surgery, the most advanced minimally invasive surgical option. Robotic surgery is performed through the use of a few small incisions and allows for enhanced precision and accuracy during surgery. Robotic surgery is less invasive than traditional surgery and offers a wide range of benefits for both the surgeon and patient.

To learn more about our robotic surgical technology, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (772) 742-9060.

Through the use of robotic-assistive technologies, our surgeons are able to operate with enhanced precision, visualization, control and dexterity. Powered by robotic technology, the surgeon's hand movements are scaled, filtered and seamlessly translated into precise movements controlled exclusively by the surgeon.

With the enhanced surgical capabilities provided by robotic technology, surgeons are able to perform more complex, minimally invasive surgeries for both benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) conditions, extending the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible range of patients.

The technological advancements provided by robotic-assisted surgery not only makes the surgery easier to perform, but more importantly, provides a number of benefits to the patient.

Benefits of robotic surgery

Robotic-assisted procedures offer many benefits when compared to both laparoscopic procedures and traditional surgery, including:

  • Less postoperative pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Minimized rate of postoperative infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

Surgical specialties using robotic surgery

At St. Lucie Medical Center, several of our specialty services offer a range of robotic-assisted surgical options, including:

Robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery

Robotic surgery is a treatment option for a variety of gynecologic conditions. Conditions that may be appropriate for treatment with robotic surgery include:

  • Cancers of the uterus, cervix and ovary
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian masses
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (including uterine/vaginal prolapse)

Additionally, our surgeons commonly perform the following gynecologic surgeries with robotic technology:

  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
  • Myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids)

General surgery robotic procedures

General surgery is a medical specialty, which deals with conditions affecting the abdomen and gastrointestinal system. Many of these procedures can be performed with the assistance of robotic-assisted technology, including hernia repair and cholecystectomy.

Robotic joint replacement surgery

Our orthopedic surgeons use specialized robotic-assisted technology designed to relieve hip and knee pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. We use this technology for our patients in need of advanced joint care, typically those being treated through hip replacement or knee replacement surgery.

Through computed tomography (CT)-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the system to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient's unique anatomy.

The robotic technology allows surgeons to selectively target only the diseased portion of the knee for resurfacing, while maintaining and sparing the healthy bone and ligaments around the knee joint.