At Grand Strand Health, we are pleased to offer the latest technology in robotic surgery to our patients in Myrtle Beach. We operate using the da Vinci® Surgical System, which enables surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. Robotic surgery offers many benefits, including:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Reduced need for blood transfusions
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to normal activities

Robotic surgery procedures

Urology

Robotic surgery is used in urological procedures worldwide. Urologic surgery can be delicate, and the precision and control provided by the da Vinci® Surgical System allows your surgeon to better spare surrounding nerves.

Prostatectomy

Prostatectomy is the most widely used treatment for prostate cancer today in the U.S. The primary goal of prostatectomy is the removal of cancer. A secondary goal is to preserve urinary function and, when applicable, erectile function. Recent studies suggest that da Vinci® prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.

The da Vinci® prostatectomy is a robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery that is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that da Vinci® prostatectomy may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.

Gynecology

Robotic surgery is widely used in gynecologic procedures. Hysterectomy, myomectomy and sacrocolpopexy are all gynecologic procedures that can be performed using robotic surgery. To learn more about these surgeries, please visit our gynecologic surgery page.

General surgery

Cholecystectomy

A cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gall bladder. The gallbladder is a sac located under the liver that stores and concentrates bile produced in the liver. The gallbladder is an organ that you can live without. A cholecystectomy can be performed using an open surgery through a large incision or with minimally invasive surgery.

A cholecystectomy can be performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System. In addition to traditional da Vinci®, we also offer da Vinci® single-site surgery. With this system, surgeons make one small incision in your belly button to remove your gall bladder.

Robotic spine surgery

Patients who suffer from unbearable spinal conditions, such as scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, kyphosis or spondylolisthesis, may be candidates for spine surgery. Grand Strand now offers minimally invasive robotic spine surgery. Surgical treatment of the spine requires planning and precision, and each patient’s anatomy has unique challenges. Spine surgery patients benefit from high levels of accuracy and the advantages of minimally-invasive surgery.

Watch this video to see how the procedure and system works.

Frequently asked question

Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the da Vinci® Surgical System over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Benefits experienced by patients may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring and faster recovery. None of these benefits can be guaranteed, as surgery is necessarily both patient- and procedure-specific.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the da Vinci® Surgical System for a wide range of procedures.

da Vinci® surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, so any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers da Vinci® surgery. This is true for widely held insurance plans like Medicare. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package. For specifics regarding reimbursement for da Vinci® surgery, or if you have been denied coverage, please call the reimbursement hotline at (888) 868-4647 ext. 3128. From outside the U.S., please call 33-1-39-04-26-90.

Although seated at a console a few feet away from the patient, the surgeon views an actual image of the surgical field while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using miniaturized, wristed instruments. At no time does the surgeon see a virtual image or program/command the system to perform any maneuver on its own/outside of the surgeon's direct, real-time control.

The system relays some force feedback sensations from the operative field back to the surgeon throughout the procedure. This force feedback provides a substitute for tactile sensation and is augmented by the enhanced vision provided by the high-resolution 3D view.

The da Vinci® system is a robotic surgical platform designed to enable complex procedures of all types to be performed through one to two centimeters incisions or operating “ports.” To date, tens of thousands of procedures including general, urologic, gynecologic, thoracoscopic and thoracoscopically-assisted cardiotomy procedures have been performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System.