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Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Even with robotic arms, the hands of the surgeon matter most.

At Saint Mary’s, you’ll receive the most sophisticated care available, so close to home. Saint Mary’s Hospital was the first hospital in the Waterbury area to offer robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. And in just a few years, Saint Mary’s robotic-assisted surgery program has now grown into one of the largest programs of its kind in New England. At Saint Mary’s you’ll have access to the most experienced, talented surgeons who are dedicated to improving care across specialties, and offer patients advantages including single incision, virtually scarless surgery. You can return to what matters most as quickly and painlessly as possible.

The Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program at Saint Mary's Hospital

Is It Right for Me?

Robotic-assisted surgery may alleviate many of the things you worry about most before, during and after a major procedure. It is better minimally invasive surgery, which means:

  • Fewer and smaller incisions
  • Less bleeding and discomfort
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Greater patient safety

See what your doctor thinks about your options for robotic-assisted surgery at Saint Mary's.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is surgery typically performed through small incisions, or operating ports, rather than large incisions, resulting in potentially shorter recovery times, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and less scarring. While minimally invasive surgery has become the standard-of-care for particular surgical procedures, it has not been widely adopted for more complex or delicate procedures—but this is changing, with the surgeons at Saint Mary’s leading the way, using the daVinci® Surgical System, which enables the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques for and increasing number of complex procedures.

What are the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery compared with traditional methods of surgery?

Because of the advanced 3D optics and wristed instruments, the da Vinci Surgical System offers greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access when compared to traditional minimally invasive surgery. For patients like you, this may mean a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring (surgery is often virtually scarless), faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities.

None of these benefits can be guaranteed, as surgery is necessarily both patient- and procedure-specific.

Is surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System covered by insurance?

Surgery with the da Vinci system 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 1-888-868-4647 ext. 3128. From outside the United States, please call 33-1-39-04-26-90.

There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation. The clinical information and opinions, including any inaccuracies expressed in this material by patients or doctor about da Vinci Surgery are not necessarily those of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. or individual surgeons, and should not be considered as substitute for medical advice provided by your doctor.

All people depicted unless otherwise noted are models.

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One Patient's Success Story

Our Robotic-Assisted Surgery program, and the compelling success story of patient Anita Liebeskind, was recently featured on TV program Connecticut Style. Watch the segment below!


Read the WTNH story, which features our own Dr. Philip Corvo and Dr. Elisa Benzoni, who both specialize in robotic-assisted surgery and are part of our expert care team here at Saint Mary's.

Read more about whether robotic-assisted surgery at Saint Mary’s might be right for you.

Tiny Surgeries, Big Results

We're celebrating 5 years and more than 2,200 tiny surgeries with our Robotic-Assisted Surgery program! Did you know that the most common robotic procedure we've performed here at Saint Mary's is the hysterectomy?

Learn more about our robots (they have names that were chosen by hospital staff), our program, and what procedures our program can perform with this infographic! Click to download at full size.

RAS Infographic