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Robotic Surgery

Legacy Health is at the forefront of robotic surgical technology. Compared to other regional health systems, Legacy leads with:

  • The longest experience: Legacy Good Samaritan was the first health provider in Portland to offer prostatectomies and gynecological surgeries with a robotic system. Legacy Emanuel was one of the first providers on the West Coast to perform certain head and neck surgeries.
  • The highest number of robotic surgeries: Legacy Good Samaritan has Oregon's highest volume of successful robotic surgeries.
  • The largest number of surgical robots: Robots can be found at five of our medical centers.  

Our services

Robotic procedures are available at Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Meridian ParkLegacy Mount Hood and Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Centers. Many Legacy Health surgeons are also trained in non-robotic minimally invasive techniques. Every patient is different - talk to your doctor about whether robotic-assisted surgery is the best choice for you.

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The benefits of robotic procedures

  • A robot allows greater surgical precision. The robot holds miniature instruments and can be manipulated with more agility and in ways impossible for a human hand - even around corners. 
  • Robotic surgery is "laparoscopic," meaning minimally invasive, when compared to traditional "open" surgery. Instead of one long incision, the surgeon makes smaller incisions that are a mere 1/4- to 1/2-inch in length. Minimally invasive surgery, as compared to open surgery, results in:
    • Less blood loss
    • Reduced chance of infection
    • Less prominent scarring
    • Shorter hospital stay and recovery time
  • For most patients, minimally invasive surgery also yields less pain, reducing the need for pain medication and minimizing the length of time you'd need to take it.
  • All this can lead to substantially shorter recovery times and a quicker return to normal activities. 

Surgeon at the controls

During robotic surgery the surgeon - not the robot - controls every aspect of the procedure from a console in the operating room.

A slender camera inserted through a surgical opening transmits sharp, three-dimensional images to the console, and the surgeon holds master controls, much like forceps, to manipulate the robotic controls. A surgical nurse stays at the patient's side while the anesthesiologist and other team members monitor the patient's condition.