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Medical Mondays: Robotic Surgery

On this week’s Medical Mondays video, learn how UPMC is pioneering robotic surgery, offering patients less invasive options for an array of conditions that occur in hard to reach areas of the body. Over the past five years, UPMC surgeons have performed more than 9,700 robotic surgical procedures across various clinical specialties. In fact, UPMC has one of the largest, most experienced centers for robotic-assisted surgery in the United States.

Here, you’ll also learn about:

  • The history and benefits of robotic surgery
  • New treatment options for head and neck cancer
  • Traditional vs. robotic pancreatic surgery

For more information, visit our robotic surgery website.


  • A Quick History of Robotic Surgery

    The idea of robotic surgery has been around since the 1980s. Read more about how robotic surgery has developed over the years and how it became an integral component of minimally invasive surgery. Read More
  • Benefits of Robotic Surgery

    Some benefits of robotic surgery include smaller incisions, less scarring, and reduced pain than traditional open procedures. Learn more about how robotic-assisted surgery can benefit patients. Read More
  • Listening to Her Heart: A Mitral Valve Prolapse Patient Story

    When Birdie Dally was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, she turned to the experts at UPMC for treatment. Learn how a robotic-assisted procedure helped Birdie get back to leading a normal life. Read More
  • Traditional vs. Robotic Pancreatic Surgery

    Traditional surgery to treat pancreatic cancer often requires a large incision in the abdomen, causing patients to remain in the hospital for a week to 10 days afterward. In just the last few years, a new option became available for people with pancreatic cancer: robotic Whipple surgery. Read more about the benefits of this procedure. Read More
  • Head and Neck Cancer Treatment: New Approaches

    If you are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, the stage of the cancer, how quickly it grows, where it is located, and whether or not it has spread to other parts of the body, can influence the type of treatment. Read more about new treatment approaches. Read More
  • Infographic: Head and Neck Cancers

    Check out our infographic to recognize the signs and symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options for head and neck cancer. Read More
  • Robotic Surgery for Urological Surgery

    Surgery for urological conditions was once considered very invasive, meaning large incisions and lengthy hospital stays were required. Now, minimally invasive robotic surgery has rapidly grown as a treatment option, offering less pain and a faster recovery time than traditional open procedures. Read More