Robotic Surgery

The patient-side cart is positioned near the patient on the operating table. It is where the instruments used during the operation move in real time in response to your surgeon’s hand movements at the surgeon console.
The vision cart makes communication between the components of the system possible and provides a screen for the care team to view the operation.

At Virginia Heartburn and Hernia Institute, we are committed to providing superior patient care and being a leader in healthcare excellence and innovation in the communities we serve. We provide a Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program and are using da Vinci® Surgery to expand our range of services to offer another minimally invasive surgical option to patients.


da Vinci Surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery where specially trained surgeons use the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system to perform a wide range of delicate and complex operations. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, the da Vinci System enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Dr. Lee and Dr. Gillian are specially trained and credentialed to perform robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgery. Dr. Gillian was the first General Surgeon in the region to be trained in Robotic Surgery and has been providing this service to his patients when appropriate since 2009.  Dr. Lee was designated as a Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association in 2017.

Our da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Surgeries include:

  • Hernia repair
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Gastric surgery
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Small bowel or colon surgery
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