Robot-assisted surgery in Richmond

Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, a campus of Henrico Doctors' Hospital, is proud to bring state-of-the-art technology and compassionate surgical care to our patients in central Virginia. With the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System, we are fully equipped to provide a variety of minimally invasive procedures.

Our advanced surgical technology

With the da Vinci® system, our surgeons have access to 3D enhanced vision, providing superior precision and control during robot-assisted surgical procedures. This advanced technology allows us to provide many benefits to our patients, including less pain, smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

We specialize in robot-assisted colorectal surgery and urological surgery. Recognized by Healthgrades is a Top 100 Hospital for Prostate Surgery, Retreat's Center for Urological Health brings the latest innovations and advanced technologies to ensure our patients receive the best surgical outcomes.

Retreat is the first and only hospital in Virginia to perform urological surgery using the latest robotic technology designed for single-incision surgery, the da Vinci® SP Surgical System. This single port system provides our surgeons with more precision, a clearer image of the surgical field, as well as improved patient access.

We use this next generation robotic technology for:

  • Radical prostatectomy (removes the prostate gland and surrounding tissue)
  • Pyeloplasty (surgical reconstruction to drain and decompress the kidney)
  • Full or partial nephrectomy (kidney removal)
  • Gallbladder and hernia repair

Preparing for your surgery

As you prepare for your procedure at Retreat Doctors' Hospital, it is important to follow these guidelines, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor:

  • Bring a small bag with things you need for an overnight stay, including pajamas, comfortable shoes or other toiletries
  • The night before your surgery, stop eating or drinking at midnight
  • Do not take insulin the day of your surgery
  • Bathe or shower prior to your procedure, but do not apply make-up or lotion
  • Wear clothing you are comfortable in and remove all of your jewelry (including body piercings)
  • Leave your valuables, including credit cards and money, at home
  • Take any prescribed heart, blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, seizure or pain medications with just enough water to swallow them, and inform your doctor and care team if you are taking blood thinners for any reason

What to expect after your procedure

After your surgery, your doctor will inform your designated caregiver about the details of your procedure. Depending on anesthesia usage, you may be taken to a post-anesthesia area unit (PACU) to recover and have your blood pressure continuously monitored. If you experience any symptoms after your surgery, let your nurse know—even if they seem normal, such as blurred vision or a dry mouth.

Your doctor or nurse determines when it is appropriate for you to return home or be moved to a postoperative room to continue recovery. Prior to discharge, you'll be given instructions on how to care for yourself at home and to call with questions.