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Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Advanced Technologies for Better Care

Skilled surgeons are critical when it comes to getting the best outcome from advanced robotic-arm-assisted surgical procedures. Our surgeons have been providing these minimally invasive surgeries since this technology was first introduced. In fact, BCH introduced the innovative Mako and da Vinci® systems to Boulder County--and has recently invested in the latest da Vinci Xi™ technology and Mazor X™ Stealth system.

Procedures performed with robotic-assisted surgery systems may offer important benefits compared to open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter surgery recovery time
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

Mako Robotic-Assisted Orthopedic Surgery

mako machineFoothills Hospital is the only facility in Colorado to offer the full suite of Mako options for knee and hip surgery, including total knee replacement. Mako robotic-arm-assisted surgery can reduce pain and shorten recovery time, getting you back to the activities you love.

The Mako surgery process starts with a CT scan of the patients' knee joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of their unique anatomy. This model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used to create a personalized pre-operative plan that ensures the knee or hip implant's ideal compatibility with each patients' specific anatomy.

Mako Robotic-Assisted Surgery Procedures Performed at BCH

Physicians Performing Mako Surgery at BCH

Da Vinci Xi Robotic-Assisted Surgical Specialties: Cardiovascular, Gynecology, Urology and General Surgery

da vinci xi roboticFoothills Hospital is home to the da Vinci Xi surgical system, the most advanced minimally invasive option for the greater precision called for when performing complex surgeries in the areas of cardiothoracic, colorectal, general, gynecologic and urologic surgery. The Xi system’s enhancements include:

  • Sharper 3D-HD visuals (10 times greater than the human eye)
  • Four robotic arms that can move in virtually any direction
  • Articulating instruments outfitted with technology to minimize blood loss and pain.
  • Greater, more intuitive range of motion

The da Vinci Xi system takes even the most experienced, skilled surgeon's human movements and refines them further. If there is a hand tremor, it is able to reduce it. The advanced technology allows surgeons to make micro movements and manipulations on a smaller scale than is possible with hands in real life. Surgeons who use the system have described the experience as enabling them to maintain all six degrees of free-wristed movement while working in the body, and "to literally operate with three `hands' at once."

To perform advanced procedures with da Vinci Xi system, surgeons make very small incisions to insert a tiny high-definition, three-dimensional camera and miniature surgical instruments into a patient’s body. Seated at a large virtual-reality console, your surgeon uses the sharply defined visuals to precisely maneuver hand controls that guide the robotic arms. The arms hold instruments outfitted with cutting-edge bipolar and electrocautery technology to minimize blood loss and minimize pain. Every surgical maneuver can be performed with direct control by your surgeon: the da Vinci surgical system cannot move on its own.

Da Vinci Xi Surgery Procedures Performed at BCH

  • Cholecystectomy to remove the gallbladder
  • Colectomy to treat colon cancer
  • Hysterectomy to remove the uterus
    and endometriosis surgery
  • Mitral valve repair to mend failing heart valves
  • Myomectomy to remove uterine fibroids
  • Nephrectomy to remove the kidney
  • Nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Nissen fundoplication for hiatal hernia
  • Prostatectomy to treat prostate cancer
  • Sacrocolpopexy for uterine or pelvic prolapse

Physicians Performing da Vinci Xi Surgery at BCH

Cardiothoracic Surgery

General Surgery

Urology Surgery

Gynecology Surgery

Mazor X™ Stealth system

mazor machineBoulder-area residents suffering from painful back conditions now have local access to an advanced surgical system that can make complex spine surgery safer and less painful.

Boulder Community Health (BCH) now offers the cutting-edge Mazor X™ Stealth robotic guidance system, which allows BCH spine surgeons to use a less-invasive approach to complex spine surgery. BCH’s Foothills Hospital is the first Colorado hospital north of Denver to offer this revolutionary technology.

Mazor X™ combines proprietary software to plan the surgical procedure, a robotic arm to precisely guide the placement of implants during complicated spine surgery, and real-time imaging feedback to ensure the procedure proceeds as planned. This higher degree of accuracy throughout the surgical procedure can provide better outcomes for patients compared to traditional spine surgery.

Additional advantages of Mazor X™’s minimally-invasive approach include:

  • Improved surgical accuracy
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less risk for complications
  • Less exposure to radiation
  • Less bleeding
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery

Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates (BNA) surgeons will use Mazor X™ technology to treat adult patients with a variety of spinal conditions, ranging from degenerative disc disease to scoliosis.

Physicians Performing Mazor X Surgery at BCH

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