Robotic Surgery

Huntsville Hospital offers a comprehensive robotic-assisted surgery program using the da Vinci or Mako robot for a wide variety of surgeries including orthopedic, urology, gynecology, general surgery and oncology. Nearly 1,000 robotic-assisted surgeries are performed at Huntsville Hospital each year.

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The da Vinci robot is one of the most advanced surgical technologies in health care and can be used by physicians across many specialties. The unique design of the robot combines endoscopic surgery, high-definition microscopic viewing and a 540-degree rotation of surgical instruments.

How it works
The surgeon makes small incisions to insert an advanced microscope attached to a high-definition camera that delivers a 3-D image. With superior visualization, the surgeon can perform meticulous dissections via the robotic arms of the da Vinci. The surgeon’s hands literally guide the robot’s arms in the area of the surgery. Tiny, hard to reach areas in the body become more reachable using this technology. With high-definition clarity, the da Vinci uses 540-degree rotational capacity to surpass the ability of the human wrist.

For the patient, the value of this technology is simple: smaller incision, less bleeding, less scarring and less pain. It is used in multiple specialties including urology, gynecology, general surgery and oncology. Speak with your physician if you would like to learn more about robotic-assisted surgery.


Huntsville Hospital offers the MAKOplasty® joint replacement system. The procedures are less invasive than traditional joint replacement surgery and are performed using RIO®, a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system. The RIO® system provides a 3-D image of the patient's hips or knees based on a previous CT scan. Using the 3-D model, the surgeon can plan the most favorable size and position of the implant, which is critical for proper joint reconstruction.

Makoplasty RobotThe system offers different advantages for knee and hip replacement patients. As an alternative to total knee replacement, Partial Knee Resurfacing is designed to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. The robotic arm gives the surgeon the ability to target a specific compartment of the knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. Since healthy bone is preserved with the partial replacement, a patient who undergoes this procedure may be a future candidate for a total knee replacement procedure. MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty is another option for a total hip replacement procedure designed for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease. MAKOplasty® Hip assists surgeons in achieving accurate alignment and positioning of implants, restore patient confidence in their mobility, and help them return to an active lifestyle.

Speak with your physician if you would like to learn more about this option.