Robotic-Assisted Surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your options. Fauquier Health offers minimally invasive surgical options, including robotic surgery through the use of the latest da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Robotic surgery is paving the way for our patients’ surgical experiences.

Some of the specific conditions treated with robotic-assisted surgery at Fauquier Health include:

  • Abdominal wall or ventral hernia
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Gastric bypass
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Paraesophageal or hiatal hernia repair
  • Weight loss surgery

The da Vinci Xi surgical robot enables enhanced 3D-HD visualization, precise intuitive motion and a surgeon-friendly improved ergonomic design. The da Vinci Surgical System requires the surgeon to be in 100% control throughout the surgical procedure. In other words, the surgeon is performing the procedure but is utilizing the da Vinci robot as a tool, enabling him/her to achieve trimmer-filtering, extremely precise movements of the tiny instruments that are placed within the patient. The Xi System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

For answers to common questions and to learn about the types of procedures offered, check out our FAQs page.


Patient Benefits

Since robotic-assisted surgery is performed by making tiny incisions and using smaller surgical movements, there are many benefits to the patient when compared to traditional surgical methods. Some of these benefits can include:

  • Less pain
  • Shortened hospital stays
  • Quicker recovery times
  • Fewer complications like blood loss and infection

The da Vinci technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result, you may be able to get back to life faster without the usual recovery following major surgery. The da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date.

Surgeon Benefits

There are a variety of patient benefits, but there are also benefits to the surgeons performing the procedures. Years of traditional laparoscopic surgery generally cause some "wear" on surgeons. In contrast, preliminary data for robotic surgery suggests that robotic surgery can take less of a toll on the body of the person actually performing the surgery.

According to general and bariatric surgeon, Dr. Alexandra Zubowicz, “This could potentially prolong the professional lifespan of the surgeon. These findings in conjunction with the prediction that there will be a very serious shortage of general surgeons in the next decade, suggests this technology could prove invaluable from a long term economic standpoint.”

Dr. Andrew Gordon, General Surgeon
     Dr. Alexandra Zubowicz, General and Bariatric Surgeon
     Dr. Benjamin Wampler, General Surgeon