A safe place to receive care

We recognize that these are uncertain times and you may have concerns about surgery. As always, the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and communities is our top priority. Vital healthcare procedures, including those unrelated to COVID-19, should not be ignored at this time. We put together a series of responses to several frequently asked questions regarding upcoming surgery procedures.

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Minimally invasive surgery in Plantation, Florida

Westside Regional Medical Center's surgeons use robotic technology to operate with greater precision and control, providing further range of motion to access hard-to-reach areas. Minimally invasive robotic surgery also means shorter recovery times to get you back to living your healthiest life as quickly as possible.

To learn more about robotic surgery or for a free physician referral, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 370-5585.

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What is robotic surgery?

Westside Regional uses cutting-edge robotic technologies which seamlessly translate your surgeon's hand movements exactly to the robot's surgical instruments. Our trained and experienced surgeons remain 100 percent in control throughout the entire procedure.

During robot-assisted procedures, surgeons make keyhole-sized incisions in the abdomen before inserting thin, robotic arms and a small video camera for magnified, 3D images of the surgical site.

The surgeon performs the procedure from a remote console a few feet away from the operating table while interactive robotic arms with 360-degree rotation capabilities and joints mimic the movements of the surgeon's wrists, hands and fingers. On the operating console monitor, doctors can view the high-definition images of the blood vessels, nerve bundles and organs (such as the bladder, rectum and ureters) of the surgical site.

Benefits of robotic surgery

The robotic system used in these procedures allows surgeons more accuracy, control and greater visual clarity of the anatomy. This is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures, such as the bladder, blood vessels and other internal organs. Additionally, it allows us to perform radical cancer surgeries.

Because this type of minimally invasive surgery is performed through smaller incisions than traditional surgery, our patients see host of benefits from a robotic procedure, including:

  • Reduced pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Less trauma to the surrounding tissues and structures
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine after surgery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery times