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Live Oak Health Partners general surgeons and gynecologist have access to the latest technology with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery system at Central Texas Medical Center. This program is the only one of its kind in Hays County.

Today, complex conditions such as cancer, uterine prolapse, fibroids, heart disease and more can be treated minimally invasively with da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery.

This approach uses a robotic surgical system that provides your surgeon with better vision, precision and control. It requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to your life faster, without the usual recovery following major surgery. It features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wrist instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci system at all times and the da Vinci technology translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. The system has several unique features designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room for the physicians who are utilizing the rapidly emerging technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery work?

A: During da Vinci surgery, the surgeon works behind a computer console and makes dime-size incisions on the patient. Using their fingers and wrists the same way they would in a regular surgery, the surgeon guides the arms of the da Vinci robot. Surgical instruments and a tiny camera are attached to the robotic arms. The da Vinci provides an enhanced 3-D, high-definition vision of operative field with up to 10 times magnification.

Q: Will the robot be in complete control of my surgery?

A: No. The robot is a tool to assist the surgery, but the surgeon is always in control. The da Vinci’s endowrist instrumentation gives surgeons full control of their wrists and provides a more precise surgery than laparoscopic methods.

Q: Will my insurance cover a da Vinci procedure?

A: Yes. If your insurance approves the surgery, it will be covered because the da Vinci robot is just another tool used by the surgeon.

Q: Do da Vinci procedures cost more?

A: No. Because the same billing codes are used for da Vinci procedures, robotic-assisted surgery costs the same as other methods.

Q: What kind of procedures can da Vinci perform?

A: Bladder Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease, Endometriosis, Gynecologic Cancer, Heavy Uterine Bleeding, Kidney Disorders, Kidney Cancer, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Obesity, Prostate Cancer, Throat Cancer, Uterine Fibroids, Uterine Prolapse and more.

Benefits of da Vinci Robotic Surgery

  • Eliminates large incision and scar
  • Reduces patient hospital stay to one night, if possible
  • Minimizes blood loss and the need for transfusion(s) during surgery
  • Minimizes the risk of infection after surgery
  • Provides a faster return to normal activities than other surgery methods

Erik Anderson

General Surgeon


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