Providence Hospital has been a leader in surgical services for over 160 years in the Mobile area. From our humble beginnings in the 1800’s to our modern campus in West Mobile, Providence Hospital has answered the call to serve, care, and heal in our community. Today, we provide over 23,000 surgical and endoscopic procedures annually. Our surgical facilities have state-of-the-art equipment, such as the DaVinci Robot, TruVision Retinal Surgical System, Ziess microscopes, Hana anterior hip table, modern anesthesia machines, and much more. Our surgical services team includes highly skilled surgeons, nurses, surgical techs, anesthesiologists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists.
The quality of care provided by this team has been recognized by quality ranking organizations such as Leapfrog and Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Distinction. We have received Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Center of Distinction + designation for Spine, Knee, and Hip surgery. This designation recognizes an organization’s ability to produce high quality outcomes at a lower cost among other health systems in the state of Alabama.
From open heart, vascular, spine, orthopedic, neurologic, robotic, urologic, gynecologic, ophthalmologic, GI, ENT, oral surgery, plastic, and general surgery, Providence Hospital is your comprehensive surgical services provider in the Mobile area. For more information on our surgical and endoscopic services, please call 251-633-1600 or view the medical staff directory on our website. We will be happy to walk you through our process, from preadmissions through the recovery process.
What is Robot-Assisted Surgery?
Let’s start with what robot-assisted surgery is NOT. It’s not surgery performed by a machine, like one of those contraptions from “Lost in Space” or “Star Wars.” Instead, it is a system that helps your surgeon do his or her job better. Rather than manipulating surgical instruments by hand, your surgeon is seated at a control console in the surgery suite with you. Through this console, the surgeon views internal organs and structures under magnification and remotely manipulates instruments that allow more precise movements than can be achieved manually. Robotic surgery is safe and effective, and depending on the surgical procedure performed, has been proven to reduce blood loss, shorten hospital stays, result in less pain, lower the rate of complications and lead to faster recovery and better long-term function.
Who is performing Robot-Assisted Surgery?
Click here for a list of general surgeons, gynecologists and urologists at Providence Hospital performing robot-assisted surgical procedures.
Robot-Assisted Procedures We Perform
- Robot Assisted Cholecystectomy: Cholecystectomy is removal of the gall bladder. It is often used to treat chronic gall bladder disease resulting from gallstones. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy transformed gall bladder removal from a painful procedure requiring several days in the hospital and a long recovery period to a surgery performed in an outpatient setting, with a rapid return to normal activities. The da Vinci robot has taken laparoscopic gall bladder removal to the next level.
- Single-Site Robot-Assisted Cholecystectomy: Through the increased precision resulting from robotic assistance, surgeons often can remove the gall bladder using just one small incision in the bellybutton, compared to up to four incisions with unassisted laparoscopy. Patients experience virtually no scarring, minimal pain, and a lower rate of complications.
- Robot Assisted Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus to treat heavy menstrual bleeding, fibroid tumors, cancer or other conditions used to require abdominal surgery, with a large incision and a lengthy recovery period. Today, many women are candidates for less-invasive laparoscopic procedures—the use of long, thin tubes through smaller incisions. Using the da Vinci robot to assist with laparoscopic hysterectomy affords greater precision for your surgeon while giving you as the patient less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and less need for narcotic pain medicines.
- Single-Site Robot Assisted Hysterectomy: Providence Hospital is the first hospital in Mobile to offer single-site robot-assisted hysterectomy, which requires just one incision in the bellybutton, compared to up to four incisions with unassisted laparoscopy. Patients experience virtually no scarring, minimal pain, and a lower rate of complications. In just a few weeks, the dime-sized scar is nearly invisible, giving patients a surgery outcome that is very cosmetically appealing . For more details, click here.
- Robot Assisted Prostatectomy: When your doctor recommends surgical treatment of prostate cancer, da Vinci robotic-assisted prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) offers several advantages over traditional open surgery, including a higher percentage of patients returning to pre-surgery erectile function at twelve months, a faster return to urinary continence, less blood loss during surgery, less chance of nerve damage, less risk of other surgical complications and a shorter hospital stay.
- Robot Assisted Sacral Colpopexy: Sacral Colpopexy is a procedure that treats pelvic organ prolapse. The uterus, vagina and other pelvic organs are held in place in the pelvis by muscles, ligaments, and other tissue. When these muscles and connective tissues weaken, the pelvic organs can drop into the vaginal canal (prolapse). Sacral Colpopexy is a surgical procedure to reattach these organs. Laparoscopic surgery with robot assistance can result in smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, less time on a urinary catheter, less blood loss and better long-term function.
- Other Procedures: Other procedures performed at Providence Hospital using robotic assistance include Robot Assisted Colectomy (removal of all or part of the colon), Robot Assisted Nephrectomy (kidney removal) and Robotic Tubal Reanastomosis (reversal of tubal ligation).
Surgical Services offered at Providence Hospital
- Fistula repairs
- Colon Surgery
Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery
- Sinus Surgery
- Ear tubes
- Parotid gland surgery
- Facial reconstruction
- Pediatric ENT surgery
- Laser vision correction
- Cataract surgery
- Retina surgery
- Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
- Bunion surgery
- Hammer toes repair
- Excision of neuromas
- Gastrointestinal endoscopy
- ERCP (Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) a procedure which enables the physician to diagnose problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas
- Liver biopsy
- Motility studies
- pH probes to evaluate patients for chronic heartburn or acid reflux disease
- Advanced laparoscopic surgery
- Abdominal emergencies (ie. Appendicitis)
- Hernia repair
- Gallbladder surgery
- Gastric surgery
- Breast cancer surgery
- Colon surgery
- Thyroid surgery
- Skin cancer surgery
- Laparoscopic diagnostic procedures
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy
- Robotic hysterectomy
- Minimally invasive treatment of uterine fibroids
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Off pump heart surgery (beating heart surgery)
- Heart valve repair or replacement
- Angioplasty with or without stent
- Pacemaker and defibrillator implants
- Heart defect repair
- Heart rhythm treatment (catheter ablation)
Lithotripsy (for kidney stones)
Neurosurgery (Brain, Spinal Cord and Nervous System)
- Brain tumors
- Spinal tumors
- Cerebrovascular Surgery
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Herniated Disc Surgery
- Spinal Surgery-Microscopic & Imaging Guided
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
Oral and Dental Surgery
- Dental restorations
- Jaw alignment surgery
- Arthroscopic knee surgery
- Total knee replacement surgery
- Total hip replacement surgery (traditional and anterior approach)Sport medicine
- Hand surgery
- Shoulder arthroscopy
- Nerve Blocks
- Epidural injections
- Radiofrequency abalation
- Ear/nose/throat surgery
- Cleft palate repair and reconstruction
- Skin graft procedures
- Breast reconstruction
- Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery
- Prostate surgery (traditional and robotic approach)
- Bladder surgery Kidney surgery
- Endoscopic stone extractions
Vascular (Blood Vessels) Surgery and Procedures
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm surgery
- Stent Graft Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
- Varicose Vein (Closure, laser procedures) Carotid artery procedures to prevent stroke
- Peripheral vascular surgery and procedures to open narrowed arteries in the legs or arms (angioplasty and stent placement)
- Dialysis access
- Wound care