Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Specialist

McCormick | Finger Urology

Urologists located in Harlingen, TX

Robotic surgery through the da Vinci® Surgical System has revolutionized treatment in urology by allowing for precise procedures with faster healing times. At McCormick | Finger Urology, Dr. Erin McCormick and Dr. Michael Finger are trained in using da Vinci robotic surgery for issues such as prostate and kidney cancers. If you live in Harlingen, Texas or the surrounding area, call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about da Vinci surgery.

da Vinci Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is da Vinci surgery?

The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic system approved by the FDA. Dr. McCormick and Dr. Finger control tiny surgical instruments inside your body using a console that is in the same room as the patient.

The doctors use the console’s master controls to maneuver robotic arms, which go beyond the range of motion of the human wrist, to perform procedures including prostate cancer surgery. They have 100% control over the system throughout surgery. It’s minimally invasive, which fosters better healing and less risk of infection.

Dr. McCormick is the only full-time Cameron County urologist certified by Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci system, to perform da Vinci robotic prostatectomies. She serves as the current da Vinci Robotic Committee chairman at Valley Baptist Medical Center.

The system is named after Leonardo da Vinci, a 15th-century artist and academic who is widely known for advancing the study of human anatomy and for his interest in mechanics and automation.

Which urology procedures can be treated with da Vinci surgery?

Many urological conditions that traditionally called for open or laparoscopic surgery can be treated with da Vinci surgery instead. These include:

  • Prostate cancer surgery
  • Kidney cancer or kidney disease surgery
  • Bladder cancer surgery
  • Urinary obstruction surgery

What are the benefits of da Vinci surgery?

The da Vinci system has many advantages, especially when compared with traditional open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. It translates Dr. McCormick’s and Dr. Finger’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements. The benefits include:

  • Faster return of erectile function after prostate surgery
  • Less blood loss and lower risk of complications, including infections
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less risk of blood clots
  • Faster return of urinary continence

The smaller incisions mean less blood loss, scarring, and postsurgical pain, too. The da Vinci system offers Dr. McCormick and Dr. Finger superior visualization of the surgical site, improved range of motion, greater surgical precision, and enhanced comfort while performing procedures.

Is da Vinci surgery safe?

Robotic-assisted surgery is extremely safe when performed by expert surgeons, such as Dr. McCormick and Dr. Finger. More than 10,000 peer-reviewed studies confirm the system’s benefits, including faster recovery and fewer complications.

If you need urologic surgery, learn if da Vinci robotic surgery is an option by calling McCormick | Finger Urology or booking a consultation online.