ECU Physicians


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Robotic and Minimally Invasive Procedures

Among our advanced surgical approaches are minimally invasive options that reduce recovery time for many patients.

Minimally invasive surgery is also known as laparoscopic surgery. These operations use small incisions and special instruments to allow surgeons to use small, “keyhole”-sized incisions. Laparoscopic instruments have longer handles and surgeons use tiny cameras to show a patient’s internal organs during the operation, eliminating the need for long incisions required for open surgeries. These minimally invasive procedures mean less healing time and scarring and a faster return to normal activities.

Because tiny cameras project large images onto a screen, surgeons can to operate precisely without the large incisions required in traditional open surgeries. In cases that are more complicated than originally thought, our surgeons are fully prepared to convert any procedure to a traditional surgery at any time, assuring you of the best care, expertise and experience.

For some procedures, patients may benefit from robotic-assisted surgery. These robotic-assisted procedures use tiny video cameras and minimally invasive procedures to operate without large incisions. The surgeon uses robotic instruments during the procedure to eliminate the slight tremors and stray movements of the human hand and allow exceptional precision during procedures.

Minimally and robotic procedures are available for:

  • spleen disorders treatment
  • colon disorders treatment
  • gallbladder removal
  • adrenal gland removal
  • hernia repair
  • esophageal repair related to gastric reflux disease and disorders
  • hysterectomy
  • urinary procedures
We also use minimally invasive procedures for weight loss (bariatric) surgery when appropriate for the patient.

For more information about our minimally invasive and robotic procedures or for physician referrals, call 252 744 3810 or 252 744 4751. For vascular surgery, referring physicians may call 252 744 4667. Patients may call 252 744 1111 for appointment information.

You may also visit our laparoscopic surgery Web pages.

Learn more about our world-class training center for robotic surgery.