Minimally invasive and robotic surgery in Walterboro

We understand the risks and concerns that come with surgery, so we strive to make all surgical procedures as streamlined as possible so you can get back to your healthiest self. Thanks to minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as robotic surgery, patients can receive major surgical procedures with a shorter recovery time and less pain. Our talented surgeons at Colleton Medical Center perform a variety of robot-assisted procedures in various medical specialties, from general surgery to colon surgery.

To learn more about minimally invasive and robotic surgery, please call (843) 549-8003 to speak with Dr. Drew Calcutt or (843) 549-1421 to speak with Dr. Karl Stiegler or Dr. James Scott.

Benefits of minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive procedures are performed using small incisions, usually less than one inch in length, without opening large parts of the skin or muscle. Robotic and laparoscopic technologies are performed with specialized surgical tools, including a small camera, so your surgeon can operate within the body. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Faster recovery process
  • Less blood loss
  • Less impact to the immune system
  • Less need for postoperative medication
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Less postsurgical scarring
  • Lower risk for infection and wound complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Significantly smaller incisions requiring fewer stitches

Minimally invasive surgery is covered by most insurance providers, just as traditional surgery is covered. To learn more about your options, speak with your doctor and contact your insurance provider.

Conditions treated with minimally invasive surgery

We provide minimally invasive surgery for the following conditions:

  • Colon disease
  • Gallstones and common bile duct stones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hernias of all types, including hiatal hernia

Minimally invasive surgical options

Our surgeons are always expanding the number of procedures they perform using minimally invasive approaches. We currently offer minimally invasive procedures for:

Joint replacement

Robot-assisted joint replacements are performed by a highly experienced team of surgeons, nurses and technicians specially trained to use these systems.

The robotic system gives surgeons a better, more accurate 3D view inside your body; robotic instruments can bend and rotate far more than the human hand for greater precision and control. This is important because every patient and their joint anatomy is unique. The result is that patients who have robotic surgery instead of open surgery experience:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Lower pain
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Less scarring

General surgery

  • Colon surgery
  • Hernia treatment
  • Laparoscopic gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease treatment
  • Removal of the appendix (appendectomy)

Gynecologic surgery

  • Medical sterilization (tubal ligation)
  • Removal of growths and scar tissue associated with endometriosis (endometriosis resection)
  • Removal of one or both ovaries (oophorectomy)
  • Removal of the uterus (hysterectomy)
  • Removal of uterine fibroids (myomectomy)

Frequently asked questions

Below you will find the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding minimally invasive procedures.

This depends on the type of procedure you are having. While some procedures are outpatients, not all patients are able to return home the same day as surgery.

Similar to traditional surgery, there are a few risks associated with minimally invasive procedures. These may include a risk of injury to other organs, bleeding before and after surgery, infection and allergic reactions to anesthesia or medications. In some cases, a minimally invasive procedure may have to be changed to an open procedure in order to optimize your results. However, all of these complications are rare. Our surgeons will discuss any questions or concerns you have prior to your procedure.

Most patients are able to return to work one to two weeks following surgery. The majority of patients are able to function and perform basic tasks just a few days after surgery.