Robotic-assisted surgical technology

Most Bayfront Health hospitals are equipped with a da Vinci™ Si HD® robotic-assisted surgical system, which allows our specially trained surgeons to deliver an unmatched level of precision. We cover an array of specialties and procedures—including single-incision technology for quicker recoveries. We also offer the revolutionary MAKOplasty® total hip replacement and partial knee resurfacing technology at three locations, Brooksville, Port Charlotte and Venice.

  • Orthopedic
  • Gynecological oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Urology
  • General surgery
  • Otolaryngology – only at Saint Petersburg
  • Thoracic

Robotic-assisted surgery is available at St. Petersburg, Brooksville, Spring Hill, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and Venice.

 

Robotic Surgery Team

The team at Bayfront Health Brooksville Robotic Surgery Center is committed to providing a wide variety of leading edge surgical treatment options for our patients, including the latest breakthroughs in robotic-assisted surgical techniques. Meet the surgeons committed to smaller incisions, faster recovery time and shorter hospital stays.

Orthopedic Surgery

Michael Higgins, DO
Orthopedic Surgery

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William Jason, MD
Orthopedic Surgery

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Fady Zeidan, MD
Orthopedic Surgery

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Gynecology

Reut Bardach, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Niloufer Kero, MD
Gynecology

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Natalie Leibensperger, DO
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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General Surgery/Vascular Surgery

Mahmood Akel, MD
General Surgery

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Steven Visnaw, DO
General Surgery

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John Manubay, MD
General & Vascular Surgery

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MAKOplasty®

MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement offers new treatment options for those living with painful early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, affecting only one or two components of the knee, and who prefer a less invasive surgery and more rapid recovery than total knee arthroplasty.

Bayfront Health Brooksville is the only hospital in Hernando, West Pasco and Citrus counties offering this advanced surgical option.

Powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, MAKOplasty offers surgeons consistently reproducible precision in performing partial knee resurfacing.

The entire procedure only requires a four to six inch incision over the knee. Tactile, intelligent robotic arm technology and three-dimensional visualization of the knee guides the surgeon in controlled resurfacing of the pre-defined area, saving as much of the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.

Using CT scan data, the surgeon follows a three dimensional computer model of the patient’s pre-surgical plan. During the procedure, real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback facilitates ideal implant positioning and placement.

It is this level of planning and surgical accuracy in treating earlier stage knee osteoarthritis that can result in a more natural feeling knee and motion.

MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing can be performed on an outpatient basis. It promotes rapid relief from pain, and in many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

For more information, view the video to the right, read the MAKOplasty FAQ » or learn more at MAKOplasty »

Find out more about our Orthopedic Joint Center »

da Vinci® ... Changing the Experience of Surgery at Bayfront Health Brooksville

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci® System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Smaller incisions – provide faster healing and little to no scarring
  • Shortened hospital stay, or even outpatient surgery
  • Minimal blood loss – less chance a blood transfusion will be needed during surgery
  • Less post-surgical pain – minimizes the length of time or need for pain medication
  • Faster healing time – you will be back to your normal routine faster

da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides your surgeon with tremendous surgical accuracy utilizing high-definition 3D vision and a magnified operating view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci® System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci® cannot act on its own: The surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Together, da Vinci® technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result patients are often able to get back to their daily routines faster — without the usual recovery for traditional surgeries.

Additional patient benefits may include:

  • Shortened hospital stay, or outpatient surgery
  • Less post-surgical pain
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Less scaring
  • Faster healing time

To date, the da Vinci® System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures.

Bayfront Health Brooksville was the first to deliver da Vinci Si Robotic Technology to Hernando County. This addition compliments Brooksville's goal to stay on the cutting edge of technological advancements and extends minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. The da Vinci® System can be used for a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to:

  • Gallbladder removal
  • Appendectomy
  • Hernia repair
  • Colon resection
  • Cystectomy
  • Prostatectomy
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)
  • Lobectomy
  • Oophoroectomy (ovary removal)

For more information, view the video to the right, read the da Vinci FAQ »

Single-Site - Facing Gallbladder Surgery?

Learn why Single-Site™ da Vinci® Surgery may be your best option for virtually scarless results.

Treatment for gallbladder disease may include lifestyle changes, medicines and procedures. However, when routine medical care does not ease your symptoms, surgery may be needed. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, your doctor may need to remove your gallbladder. This operation is known as a cholecystectomy.

Gallbladder surgery is generally performed using manual laparoscopy with four small incisions. However, at Bayfront Health Brooksville, General Surgeon, Steven Visnaw is performing gallbladder removal through one incision to virtually eliminate scarring.

If you have been told you need gallbladder surgery, ask your doctor about Single-Site da Vinci surgery. This procedure is performed through a single incision in your belly button using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. Patients who choose Single-Site technology at Bayfront Health Brooksville experience a virtually scarless procedure since surgery is performed through only one incision in the belly button, which dramatically limits visible scarring.

General Surgery/Vascular Surgery

Mahmood Akel, MD
Surgery

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Steven Visnaw, DO
Surgery

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Chronic Pain, Heavy Bleeding, Fibroids, Endometriosis, Prolapse

A wide variety of benign (non-cancerous) conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system which consists of the uterus, vagina, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

Benign gynecologic conditions like fibroids (growths in and/or around the uterus), endometriosis (uterine lining growing outside the uterus) or pelvic prolapse (slipping of the uterus, vagina and/or bladder) can cause chronic pain, heavy bleeding and other mild to severe symptoms. Women who experience severe symptoms are often treated with hysterectomy.

The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to provide your doctor with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Though it is often called a “robot”, da Vinci cannot act on its own. The surgery is performed entirely by your doctor. He or she controls the da Vinci system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

To see if da Vinci Robotics is right for you, register to attend a free seminar by calling (352) 754-3230 or request a copy of our free patient education video by calling (352) 754-3505 or completing the online information request form

Reut Bardach, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Niloufer Kero, MD
Gynecology

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Natalie Leibensperger, DO
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Robotic Surgery Center

The Robotic Surgery Center at Bayfront Health Brooksville is home to some of the most sought-after physicians in the country performing the newest, most innovative techniques in surgery today. Bayfront Health Brooksville was the first to deliver da Vinci Si Robotic Technology to Hernando County.

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Bayfront Health Brooksville
17240 Cortez Blvd. Brooksville, FL 34601
(352) 796-5111