At Digestive Care Center, we provide a variety of treatment options for patients seeking to enjoy life For the Better. And, sometimes, surgery is necessary to make that happen. Digestive Care Center provides the latest surgical advancements for our patients, through the powerful experience of Surgical Care Associates combined with the focused expertise of the surgeons of Ohio Valley Colon & Rectal Surgeons — the only surgeons in Evansville who are trained in robotic-assisted colon surgery.

Abdominal/Gastrointestinal Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery refers to surgery performed through a few small incisions instead of a single, large incision used for open surgery. One of the main goals of minimally invasive surgery is to avoid the large incision and long recovery associated with open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is often referred to as laparoscopy or laparoscopic surgery.

Traditional Laparoscopy

Traditional laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive – meaning surgeons operate through a few small incisions. During laparoscopy, long-handled surgical instruments are inserted through the incisions. One of the instruments is a laparoscope – a thin, lighted tube with a tiny camera at the end. The camera takes images inside your body. Those images are sent to a video monitor to guide surgeons as they operate.

da Vinci Surgery

da Vinci Surgery is another minimally invasive surgical option for patients. With the da Vinci System, surgeons operate through a few small incisions instead of a large open incision – similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex and delicate surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. da Vinci – taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

Learn more about da Vinci Surgery.