Minimally Invasive General Robotic Surgery

Leading North Texas in minimally invasive and single incision robotic surgeries.

The board certified surgeons and general surgery specialists at Medical City Dallas have extensive expertise in performing minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery for a variety of conditions, including bariatric weight-loss surgery for obesity, gallbladder disease and gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux and hiatal hernia. Many of these surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return to their lives more quickly.

Medical City Dallas’ investment in robotic systems speaks to our commitment to having the latest tools, technologies and treatments as well as our goal of providing patients the superior quality of care they deserve. In 2016, surgeons at Medical City Dallas performed the first single incision gallbladder removal in North Texas, with the patient returning home the same day and back to work later that week.

“Medical City Dallas has always been at the forefront of technology. We were the first in North Texas to remove a gallbladder using the single site technology. It’s an exciting way to do a minimally invasive operation and can lead to quicker recoveries and better cosmetic outcomes.” – Christopher Bell, MD, general and bariatric surgeon

The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at Medical City Dallas, is well-suited for many robotic outpatient procedures, such as hernia and gallbladder. The team of robotics specialists — a dedicated group of robotic techs and nurses — are committed to robotics and specialize in this technology. Robot-assisted surgery is an effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgeries that allows doctors to better visualize anatomy and enables easier and more precise movements through one or more tiny incisions. This translates into better outcomes for patients.

Benefits of robot-assisted surgery may include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss and transfusions
  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Faster recovery time and return to normal activities
  • Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Greater sparing of nerves

General Surgical Conditions Treated with Robotic Surgery at Medical City Dallas


Medical City Dallas’ Bariatric and Metabolic Institute has the longest continually running bariatric program in North Texas and has been offering bariatric surgery for obesity since 1979 and a bariatric support group since 1984.

Robot-assisted bariatric surgeries available at Medical City Dallas include:

Gallbladder Disease and Gallstones

“Gallbladder disease” refers to several conditions that can affect and irritate your gallbladder, including gallstones. Since you can easily live without a gallbladder, removing it is often the best solution. Medical City Dallas specializes in single incision, virtually scarless, robotically-assisted gallbladder surgery that can often be done as an outpatient procedure.

Gallbladder conditions treated at Medical City Dallas include:

  • Biliary colic
  • Cholecystitis (acute and chronic)
  • Choledocholithiasis
  • Cholangitis
  • Gallbladder abscess
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Gallbladder polyps
  • Gallstones
  • Gallstone ileus
  • Gallstone pancreatitis

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a backup of acid or other stomach contents into the esophagus, causing symptoms of heartburn. The reflux irritates the esophagus, which can lead to permanent damage over time.

Specialists at Medical City Dallas can perform robot-assisted anti-reflux surgery called Nissen fundoplication, which typically offers patients immediate relief by preventing acid from being able to travel up to the esophagus.

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach moves up into the chest cavity through a small opening in the diaphragm. This condition can push stomach acid into the esophagus, so it’s very common for those with a hiatal hernia to also have gastroesophageal reflux disease. In fact, most people with hiatal hernias have no symptoms, so acid reflux and heartburn may be their only clues.

Medical City Dallas specializes in single incision, virtually scarless, robot-assisted hiatal hernia surgery that can often be done as an outpatient procedure.

Robot-assisted hiatal hernia conditions treated at Medical City Dallas include:

  • Sliding hiatal hernia
  • Fixed hiatal hernia
  • Complicated hiatal hernia

Surgeons Teaching Surgeons

Medical City Dallas robotics surgeons are leaders in North Texas in technology, expertise and volume, performing more than 1,200 robotic surgeries each year. Several are designated epicenter surgeons, which means that they have been selected to teach the latest robotic techniques and procedures to other general surgeons from around the country.