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Frequently Asked Questions

How is da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery different from traditional surgery methods?

In traditional open surgery, the physician makes a long incision and then widens it to access the anatomy. In traditional minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon operates using rigid, hand-operated instruments, which are passed through small incisions and views the anatomy on a standard video monitor. Surgeons using da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery make much smaller incisions, have greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access.

What are the patient benefits of da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery?

Da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett offers you many benefits:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Less risk of infection and complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

Does robotic-assisted surgery make the surgeon unnecessary?

Surgery with the da Vinci surgical system does not place a robot at the controls. Your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery using the technology of the da Vinci robotic platform. Small incisions are used to introduce miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera into the body. Seated at the console, your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site. At the same time, state-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate your surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements of the instruments.

Is a surgeon using da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery operating in "virtual reality"?

Although seated at a console a few feet away from the patient, the surgeon views an actual image of the surgical field while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using precise, miniature instruments. At no time does the surgeon see a virtual image or program the system to perform any maneuver on its own outside of the surgeon's direct, real-time control.

How do I find a physician who performs da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery?

Several Providence Regional surgeons specializing in urology and gynecology procedures–such as a prostectomy or hysterectomy–are extensively trained and certified in using the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery system. Find a surgeon.

Is da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery covered by insurance?

Since robotic surgery is categorized as robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery, any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers robotic surgery. This is true for widely held insurance plans like Medicare. Your coverage depends on your plan’s specific benefits, so you’ll need to call your health plan for details.

How can I find out more about the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery procedures?

Surgeons at Providence Regional perform the following types of da Vinci surgical procedures:



To find out more, you can schedule an appointment with a da Vinci surgeon at Providence Regional.