Robotic-assisted Surgery at Franciscan

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Skilled SurgeonsIf you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that requires surgery, you owe it to yourself to explore one of the most effective, minimally invasive surgical treatments available.

CHI Franciscan Health is equipped with the most advanced generation of the da Vinci® Surgical System, which enables surgeons at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched accuracy. Minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgeries available at Franciscan include:

A recognized leader

To date, Franciscan’s team of experts have completed more than 7,000 robotic-assisted procedures in the fields of general surgery, gynecology, thoracics and urology. And St. Joseph Medical Center is proud to have been selected as the only da Vinci Surgery Site Epicenter for robotic thoracic surgery in the Western United States. Read more about this distinction.

Building our program one step at a time

Since late 2007, the Franciscan Robotic Surgery program has grown and expanded dramatically, not only in number of surgeries, but in number of surgeons and other surgical specialists who undergo continual technical training. Franciscan robotic-assisted-trained surgeons and their teams have built a solid growing program because they are dedicated to the highest standards that lead to quality performance, excellent patient outcomes and great care.

Taking minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery one step further, the da Vinci® system is built on sophisticated technology that allows your surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled into the precise movements of micro-instruments, while the high definition, magnified 3-D imaging gives him a clear picture of very complex structures. In short, it extends the natural capabilities of your surgeon’s eyes and hands. For patients, potential benefits include not only less scarring from tiny incisions, but also less pain, less blood loss, shorter recovery time, and in many cases, better clinical outcomes than with traditional open surgery.