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

Together, the da Vinci® Si Surgical System allows doctors to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result, you may be able to get back to life faster without the usually recovery following major surgery.

St. Petersburg General Hospital utilizes 2 of the da Vinci® Surgical Systems, which 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 with the following:

  • Advanced da Vinci Vessel Sealing
  • Advanced da Vinci Imaging using “Firefly”
  • Advanced da Vinci Stapling
  • Single Site/Incision Hysterectomy and Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)

What Robotic Procedures Are Performed?

St. Petersburg General Hospital uses Robotic Surgery in the treatment of the following areas:

Specific Procedures:



Gynecological/Gynecological Oncology

The following will occur during your Pre–testing appointment

  • Nurse obtains history and physical assessment
  • EKG, Chest X–Ray, Blood Test (if ordered and not already done.)
  • MRSA screening test, an extra step we take to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Consent is signed for surgery, anesthesia and includes blood transfusion.
  • Nurse goes over your list of medications
  • You will receive a patient identification arm band, please do not remove.
  • Stop all blood thinners as directed by your physician: e.g. Aspirin, Coumadin, Vitamin E, Gingko, St John's, NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs)
  • You may meet with the physical therapist, anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist.

What to bring to the hospital

  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • Your completed advance directive, insurance cards or forms, co-pay or deductible and photo ID if not already provided during your pre-testing appointment.
  • Bring Blood Donation cards the day of Surgery.
  • Bring clothes and shoes that are easy to put on.
    NOTE: you will have some swelling on operative leg and your shoes might not fit. Expect to wear a hospital gown for the duration of your stay.
  • Plan for a family member or friend to bring your walker or a borrowed walker to the hospital the day after the surgery. It is not required; however, some patients feel more comfortable practicing with the one they will use at home. If your insurance provides a walker as a benefit the case manager will assist you at time of discharge.
  • Glasses, hearing aids, and dentures should be brought in a labeled container.
  • If you have sleep apnea you need to bring your CPAP machine and mask. You will be asked to sign consent for using your home equipment.

Prepare Your Home for your Return

Have your house ready for when you come home from the hospital. Clean the linens on your bed. Prepare meals and freeze them for easier use when you get back. Pick up throw rugs and tack down any loose carpet. Remove electrical cords and other obstructions from your path. Put nightlights in the baths, kitchen, bedrooms and hallways. Arrange for pet care if needed. Your SAFETY is our concern.

Day before surgery

If you get a fever, cold or rash, call your surgeon regarding your change of health. Your surgery may need to be postponed. Do not drink any alcohol for 24 hours prior to your surgery. If you normally consume alcoholic beverages regularly it is vital to provide this information to your physician.

Night before surgery

The Same Day Surgery Center will call you the day prior to your surgery after 2 PM to verify your surgery and arrival times. If you have additional questions please call (727) 341-4812.

For Your Safety

We will appear to repeat things often. For instance, asking you to verify your name and birthdate. This is a precaution we take seriously to ensure your safety.

Additional Facts:

  • 2 Dedicated Robotic Surgical Suites
  • The new da Vinci® SI model at St. Petersburg General Hospital provides surgeons with 3D high-definition vision with up to 10x magnification.
  • GYN Robotic Surgery Epicenter