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Business Structure Evaluation Process Updates

We're currently conducting an evaluation of Lee Health's business structure. Explore all available documents and dive deeper into the process by learning more here. Lee Health’s Board of Directors invites you to a public hearing, set for Thursday, April 25th in the Community Room at Gulf Coast Medical Center, to discuss the ongoing evaluation of converting the health system to a community-focused nonprofit structure. Learn more details here.

Robotic Hepatobiliary Surgery

Your care, our experienced surgeons 

Hepatobiliary surgery is a complicated procedure that is performed by surgeons who have received specialized training due to the liver and its major blood arteries. Hepatobiliary surgery involves the liver and biliary system, including the bile ducts and gallbladder.

When our expert surgeons use the Da Vinci™ robot assisted surgery machine, this enables our surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

What is hepatobiliary disease? 

The liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts are the components of the hepatobiliary system. It's primary function is to absorb nutrients in anything eaten or consumed and detoxify the body by removing excess waste. Any abnormality of the hepatobiliary system can prevent it from operating normally.  

Minor infections, cysts, growths, or inflammation can be a symptom of the disease. If these disorders develops further without early treatment, it can become cancerous. 

What are the different types of hepatobiliary diseases?

Some of the different types of diseases that affects the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts include:

  • Autoimmune liver disease
  • Biliary dyskinesia
  • Bile Duct cancer
  • Choledocholithiasis
  • Chronic pancreatitis 
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Liver failure

Some of the these hepatobiliary diseases require a surgical intervention. 

The da Vinci™ Xi Surgical System

The da Vinci® provides an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. 

Da Vinci™ Surgical System


Our Lee Health surgeons use the da Vinci™ Surgical System, to operate through just a few small incisions. 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 hand.

As a result, da Vinci™ enables your surgeon to perform your surgery with enhanced vision, precision, and control. Robotic hepatoliliary surgery enables you to recover faster and with less pain than traditional open surgery.

The da Vinci® SP provides a unique and new surgical approach to very invasive traditional alternatives.

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Robotic-assisted surgery technology offered in Southwest Florida

We are proud to bring this cutting-edge technology to Southwest Florida, so our patients can get the care they need close to home. Robotic-assisted surgery is a huge benefit to our patients at Lee Health which means fewer patients will have to leave the region to get treatment.

What are the benefits to robotic assisted compared to traditional surgery?

Compared to traditional open surgeries, the benefits of da Vinci® surgery can include:

  • Smaller scars
  • Shorter hospital time
  • Lower risk of adverse side effects
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less pain
  • No blood donation prior to surgery
  • Less blood loss
  • Quicker return to normal activity

Ready to take the next steps?

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