State-of-the-art technology benefits patients
Sparks Health System is proud to offer patients the latest technology and advanced treatment options. Robotic surgery provides a safe, minimally invasive approach to surgery that allows surgeons to perform complex surgical procedures through small incisions. For patients, robotic surgery offers:
- Less pain and scarring
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery
How robotic surgery works
Robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopic techniques, in which small incisions are made near the surgical treatment area. From a console in the operating room, the surgeon remotely manipulates surgical instruments, which are attached to robotic arms, to perform surgery through the incisions. A powerful camera provides magnified, 3-D images to provide clear details of the surgical area. Robotic technology gives surgeons enhanced dexterity, precision and range of motion.
da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System
Sparks Health System’s surgeons are specially trained on the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System. Our surgeons can perform a variety of robotic-assisted procedures, including:
- Bariatric surgery
- Cardiothoracic surgery, including coronary artery bypass
- Colorectal surgery
- General surgery
- Gynecological surgery, including hysterectomy and fibroid surgery (myomectomy)
- Transoral robotic surgery (TORS), for mouth and throat cancers
- Thyroid surgery
- Urologic surgery, including prostatectomy
RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System
For adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis, MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing provides a minimally invasive option to treat knee pain. Sparks Health System’s orthopedic surgeons use the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System to resurface the diseased portion of the knee, sparing the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue. MAKOplasty can offer patients a more natural knee motion than traditional knee replacement techniques.
MAKOplasty can also be used for hip replacement, allowing surgeons to prepare the hip socket for a more exact implant alignment. This advanced technique reduces complications such as excessive wear on the joint, unequal leg length or dislocation. Sparks Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Arkansas to offer MAKOplasty.