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What is robotic-assisted surgery?

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At the frontier of minimally invasive surgery is robotically-assisted surgery.   Whether treating acid reflux, hernias, colorectal symptoms, cancer or obesity.  A robotic trained surgeon for nearly fifteen years now,  Dr. Snyder has achieved renowned expert-level skills in the use of robotics to perform surgeries more accurately and with decreased recovery time, less pain, and improved clinical outcomes.


The da Vinci® Surgical System is state-of-the-art robotic technology. The System allows Dr. Snyder’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments which enables him to perform precise surgery in complex procedures through small surgical incisions.

Dr. Snyder is one of the first surge3ons to ever performa ventral hernia repair using robotics



Dr. Snyder is not just at the leading edge of robotically-assisted surgery, he teaches other surgeons how to use it.  Every day, top surgeons from all over the world receive training from him in simulation labs, using the latest in robotically-assisted surgery equipment and procedures.  He is also leading the way with innovative techniques that form the basis for the advanced surgical procedures of tomorrow. He has developed proprietary techniques for treating acid reflux and does more robotically-assisted weight loss surgeries than most other surgeons. He is even pushing the envelope of a new “single incision” robotically-assisted surgical technique for treating obesity.


Robotically-assisted surgery is a new minimally invasive surgery that is an advancement over traditional laparoscopic surgery . Through the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, UT MIST surgeons like Dr. Snyder, offer minimally invasive options for complex surgical procedures with even greater precision and less recovery time. The use of robotics in surgery generally allows for the smallest of incisions and offers the potential for significantly less pain, shorter hospital stays, and faster return to normal daily activities – as well as the potential for better clinical outcomes.  He use the da Vinci® Surgical System’s sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities. Small incisions are used to introduce miniaturized instruments and a high-definition 3D camera into the surgical site. Seated comfortably next to the patient at a console, the surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site.At the same time, state-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate your surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of the robotically controlled instruments. The da Vinci® Surgical System cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. Rather, the system requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from the surgeon.

Dr. Snyder performs many types of robotically-assisted surgery, including complex revision bariatrics and reflux surgery. Since the beginnings of robotic general surgery, MIST has been redesigning and creating operations for its use. Today, Dr. Snyder offers many kinds of unique robotic surgeries, including: da Vinci Surgery for gallbladder disease, single-incision gallbladder removal, multi-port gallbladder removal, bIle duct reconstruction; da Vinci Surgery for obesity, complex reoperations, and revisions, fixed and adjustable gasric band removal, totally robotic small pouch gastric bypass, totally robotic sleeve gastrectomy; da Vinci surgery for hernias, inguinal, and sports hernias, ventral and incisional hernias, epigastric and umbilical hernias, paraesophageal hernias;  and da Vinci for reflux disease, nissen fundoplication, reoperation for failed nissen fundoplications, and partial fundoplications.


da Vinci Surgery for Gallbladder Disease

     Single-incision gallbladder removal

     Multi-port gallbladder removal

     BIle duct reconstruction


da Vinci Surgery for Obesity

     Complex reoperations and revisions

     Fixed and adjustable gasric band  removal

     Totally robotic small pouch gastric bypass

     Totally robotic sleeve gastrectomy

     Gastric banding with hiatal hernia repair


da Vinci Surgery for hernias

     Inguinal and sports hernias

     Ventral and incisional hernias

     Epigastric and umbilical hernias

     Paraesophageal hernias

     Recurrent paraesophgeal hernia repairs


da Vinci for reflux disease

     Nissen fundoplication     

     Reoperation for failed Nissen fundoplications

     Partial fundoplications

This video below is an incisional ventral hernia performed by Dr. Snyder using robotic assistance.  The robot allows the surgeon to easily remove the peritoneal hernia sac, close the hernia with suture, and the sew a mesh in place.  This means there is less pain, quicker recovery, better closure, and lower recurrence rates compared to regular laparosocpic techniques (and it is done with fewer incisions!).  This operation is generally faster than standard techniques as well.  Dr. Brad Snyder is a general bariatric surgeon who performs hernia surgeries like this in Houston, Cypress, and Katy Texas Hospitals.

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