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Robotic FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about robotic surgery:

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery uses a robotic surgery system to perform minimally invasive procedures. Your surgeon places small robotic instruments in the operating site. He or she directs the surgery from a nearby console. The console provides a detailed view of the operating area.

The robotic tools provide a more precise surgery. You will experience less pain and a faster recovery.

What is Firefly™ technology?

Firefly technology is an innovation in robotic-assisted surgery. Using a unique dye and special lighting system, surgeons can see the difference between cancerous and healthy tissue. The dye also highlights the body’s blood supply. With Firefly technology, surgeons can often remove the tumor and leave the organ intact.

Learn more about Firefly technology at St. Anthony's.

Who can undergo a robotic surgery?

Surgeons are able to perform many procedures using robotic surgery. Talk to your doctor to find out if it is right for you.

Sometimes, doctors prefer traditional surgery. Doctors at St. Anthony’s are skilled in all types of surgery. We will use the surgical approach that offers you the best outcome.

What is recovery like after a robotic surgery?

In general, recovery times are shorter following a robotic surgery. You are able to return to work and daily activities quickly. However, recovery times differ for each patient.

How do I find out if I can have a robotic procedure?

Each patient’s situation is unique. Make an appointment with one of our surgeons to discuss whether a robotic procedure is right for you.

How do I find a surgeon?

Locate a physician to perform your surgery at St. Anthony's.

Is robotic-assisted surgery more expensive than traditional surgery?

In general, robotic surgery costs the same as traditional surgery. Depending on the specific procedure, it may even cost less.

Will my insurance cover robotic-assisted surgery?

Most Medicare-approved and private health insurers cover robotic-assisted surgery.

If you would like to learn more about robotic surgery at St. Anthony's Hospital, please call (727) 253-4215.