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Robotic Surgery

Less Pain. Faster Recovery. Introducing the da Vinci Robotic System.

Our Robotic Surgery Program

Robotic Surgery at Memorial Health SystemCHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial Lufkin was the first hospital in Texas to acquire the da Vinci High Definition Robotic Surgery System. In 2014, it became the only hospital in the area to boast two surgical robotic systems. This state-of-the-art technology provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy.

In 2016, CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial upgraded to the da Vinci Xi Robotic System, designed to further advance the technology used in minimally invasive surgery by putting the surgeon’s hands at the controls to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. This means less pain and a quicker recovery time. The System can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology and general surgery. Using robotic controls, which manipulate surgical instruments at the operating table, a surgeon can precisely maneuver instruments allowing experienced surgeons a wider degree of motion to perform an operation.

Center of Excellence

By setting the standard of providing incomparable quality care, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial became the first hospital in the state to achieve four Center of Excellence accreditations from the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). The accreditations in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG), Hernia Surgery (COEHS), Robotic Surgery (COERS) and Minimally Invasive Surgery (COEMIS) demonstrate the hospital’s dedication to its surgical services and a strong partnership with talented, local surgeons.

In addition to the Center of Excellence accreditations, numerous robotic surgeons also recognition from SRC, including

  • Dr. Alan Bassin, General Surgeon (COEHS, COERS) – Master Surgeon
  • Dr. Kaywin Carter, Obstetrician & Gynecologist (COEMIG, COERS) – Master Surgeon
  • Dr. Darry Meyer, General Surgeon (COEHS, COERS) – Master Surgeon
  • Dr. David Price, Urologist (COERS) – Master Surgeon
  • Dr. Rachael Sullivan, Obstetrician & Gynecologist (COEMIG, COEMIS) – Surgeon of Excellence

 Robotic Surgery

What is Robotic Surgery?

Using one of the two robotic systems at CHI St. Luke’s Health, the surgeon controls every motion of the robotic arms which can rotate and move in any direction, extending the range of the surgeon’s expert touch while still using laparoscopic techniques. Unlike standard laparoscopy, in which surgeons operate through small incisions and are limited in how much they can angle or turn their instruments, the da Vinci system allows an experienced surgeon to have more freedom of motion to perform an operation within a small space in the body.

The da Vinci surgical system offers 3D HD vision with 10x magnification, as well as fully wristed instrumentation and surgeon-controlled movement of the instruments and camera. It can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures, including gynecology and urology, and has been optimized for multi-quadrant use in general surgery. By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Robotic System helps improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care.

Using daVinci, traditional open surgery can be accomplished endoscopically, with smaller incisions. The daVinci Surgical System has been used in tens of thousands of minimally-invasive procedures worldwide.


  • Prostatectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Pelvic Disorders
  • Kidneys
  • Prostate
  • Gynecology
  • Gallbladder Removal (can be performed as a Single-Site procedure)
  • Hernia repair
  • Anti-Reflux
  • Colorectal


Patients may experience the following benefits:

  • Reduced trauma to the body
  • Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less post-operative pain and discomfort
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
  • Less scarring

Learn more about the da Vinci Robotic System. All surgeries should be scheduled through your physician.