Just as with other emerging technologies, robotic surgery has advanced through careful planning and intense education. Improvements in the surgical instruments and robotics’ software are overcoming some of the challenges with traditional and laparoscopic procedures. Surgeons at CHI Memorial Computer and Robotics Enhanced Surgery Center continue to learn how the da Vinci robot can be used most effectively to provide a safer procedure, with fewer incisions, less pain and a faster recovery.


Most recently, CHI Memorial has added Single-Site, a virtually scar-less procedure allowing surgeons to perform gallbladder removal from one incision in the belly button. With any robotic procedure, the surgeon is in complete control and translates his or her movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Advances in the instruments allow the surgeon to move their wrist and hands in a 360-degree rotation. And as the technology evolves, so will the type of surgeries that can be performed using this method.

Learn more about da Vinci® gallbladder surgery


Today's hernia repair options include new techniques and materials that can make surgery less invasive, recovery faster, and recurrence less likely. Minimally invasive robotic-assisted hernia repair can now be performed using the da Vinci ® Surgical System, and it’s proven to be successful in treating incisional and inguinal hernias for patients of all ages. 

Compared with traditional open surgery, da Vinci hernia repair requires smaller incisions and these possible benefits: 

  • Decreased rate of returning hernias 
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer complications, including lower infection rates 
  • Less blood loss, and low conversion to open surgery
  • Minimal scarring 
  • Reduced need for pain medications 
  • Shorter hospital stays

Hernia repair can now be performed using the da Vinci ® Surgical System.

Learn more about da Vinci® hernia surgery.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

During robotic-assisted anti-reflux surgery, the surgeon operates through several small incisions instead of a large open incision. He or she has a 3D view inside your body, and use instruments that bend and rotate – even farther than the human hand can bend! The instruments are guided by the surgeon (who sits at a console nearby). 

If a hiatal hernia is shown to be causing symptoms of GERD, this is repaired first. The surgeon then wraps the upper curve of your stomach around the esophagus and stitches it into place, strengthening the connection between the stomach and esophagus and stopping acid from rising into the esophagus as easily.