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Robotic Surgery

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

About Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery at Memorial Health SystemIn 2016, CHI St. Luke's Health-Memorial acquired 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.

CHI 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.

The surgeon’s hands control every movement of the robotic arms. Much like the surgeon’s hands and wrists, the robotic arms can rotate and move in any direction, extending the range of the surgeon’s expert touch while still using laparoscopic techniques. This allows the surgeon to maneuver precise instruments exactly as needed, even within a small space within the body. Unlike standard laparoscopic surgery, 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.

The da Vinci surgical robot evolved from laparoscopic surgery but expands on the technology by providing physicians with vivid 3-D vision, 10x magnification, wrist-like capabilities and six degrees of freedom in the abdomen.

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


By enhancing surgical capabilities, the da Vinci Robotic System is helping to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. 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.

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