Robotic and minimally invasive surgery in Miami

Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to offer patients access to minimally invasive surgery options for numerous general surgeries (procedures in the abdominal area). We perform laparoscopic surgery and robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system—both requiring only a few, small incisions, which offers many benefits to patients.

To request an appointment, a physician referral or more information about our minimally invasive surgery options, call our Consult-A-Nurse® phone line at (305) 222-2200.

At Kendall Regional, we have 14 operating rooms, all equipped with the latest advancements in both robotic and minimally invasive surgical technology. We also have a room designated for meetings with patients where we discuss their upcoming procedures and recovery processes.

Not all surgeries, however, allow for minimally invasive or robot-assisted surgery approaches. Speak with your surgeon to see if your surgery can be performed with robotic or minimally invasive technology, or if conventional surgical techniques are necessary.

How minimally invasive surgery works

Minimally invasive technology is completely changing the way surgeons approach many operations and its benefits are seen across many medical specialties. For instance, in a traditional, open surgery to repair a hernia of the intestines, a surgeon creates one large incision to view the surgical area and perform the procedure.

However, during a minimally invasive correction of a hernia, the surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen through which a small video camera and surgical instruments are inserted to perform the surgery. The surgeon views the procedure on a video monitor that provides a magnified view of the surgical site.

Benefits of minimally invasive and robotic procedures

Patients receive many benefits when their surgeon uses robotic or minimally invasive surgical techniques versus traditional surgery, including:

  • Less pain
  • Reduced incision size and number
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower chance of infection
  • More precise surgical corrections
  • Shorter recovery time

Minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgeries we perform

Our general surgeons are highly trained in performing minimally invasive and robotic surgeries. They are specialized in numerous procedures affecting the gastrointestinal tract and abdominal wall:

  • Appendectomy (appendix removal)
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Splenectomy (spleen removal)
  • Hernia Repair (femoral, inguinal, ventral, epigastric, incisional hernias)
  • Nissen fundoplication to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hiatal Hernia and Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
  • Colon/rectum resection (removing a diseased section of the intestine for both benign and cancerous pathologies)
  • Small bowel resection (removing a diseased portion of small intestine for both benign and cancerous pathology)
  • Colostomy (diverting a healthy section of large intestine away from a diseased section to a colostomy bag)
  • Colostomy reversal (reverse the colostomy created to diversion of fecal stream)
  • Colovesical fistula correction (removing connection between bladder and colon)
  • Distal pancreatectomy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Feeding access (gastric and intestinal feeding tubes)
  • Lymph node excisions (removing suspicious lymph nodes within the abdomen for diagnostic purposes)