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Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Welcome to the Sky Ridge Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Our goal is to be on the leading edge of technology so that we can provide you with the best treatment options. That’s why our Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery offers the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System, which allows specially trained surgeons to operate miniaturized surgical instruments allowing for extremely precise movements. Robotic surgery is considered to be the most innovative type of minimally invasive surgery available today, combining human touch with the precision of leading-edge technologies.

Meet Two of more than 20 Robotic Surgeons at Sky Ridge:

Dr. Edward “Ted” Eigner, Urologist, Sky Ridge

Dr. Ali Sarram, Urologist, Sky Ridge

Dr. Edward "Ted" Eigner, Urologist
Specialty: Prostatectomy

Dr. Ali Sarram, Urologist
Specialty: Partial Nephrectomy


Why Choose da Vinci® Surgery?

Using da Vinci® may improve your recovery experience with benefits including:

  • Smaller incisions, less pain and scarring
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities

Find a da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System credentialed physician at Sky Ridge

/>Dr. Ken Blake (left), a Sky Ridge colorectal surgeon, was the first to use our new da Vinci Xi surgical system, a technological leap forward in replacing large-incision abdominal surgeries with a minimally invasive approach. He and members of the OR team were excited to be the first in our community to offer this service.

More about da Vinci® Robotic Surgery

Although the four-armed surgical robot never fulfilled its original intent — providing remote battlefield surgery for the Army in the late 1980s — it has done everything from removing cancerous prostates and kidneys to repairing heart valves and prolapsed uteruses, all while putting patients back on their feet more quickly than traditional surgeries.

During surgery, da Vinci® surgeons sit at a console a few feet away from the patient, peering through a high-definition, 3-D, viewing system. The surgeon uses hand controls to manipulate the robotic arms, which are inserted strategically in the patient through small (less than half inch) incisions and mimic the surgeon's motions, but on a much more minute scale.

Superb range of motion, coupled with a magnified vision system that surgeons say gives the illusion of being inside the patient, can lead to excellent outcomes with less risk of blood loss, infections, scarring and other serious complications.