The surgery teams at Indiana University Health have experience in performing every type of surgery, including: general surgery, trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiovascular surgery and neurosurgery.
At Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Surgery, we offer some of the latest surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches. Minimally invasive surgery provides many benefits to the patient including less pain, shorter recovery time and a faster return to daily activities.
IU Health Bloomington Hospital Surgery provides convenience, privacy and easy accessibility for our patients who require outpatient surgery and their families. Our amenities include:
- Private surgery prep rooms complete with televisions and family accommodations
- Convenient physician exam rooms
- Private pre-admission exam rooms
- Four state-of-the-art endoscopy suites
- Private rooms for doctor-patient post surgery consultations
Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, one of the largest medical schools in the country, we have access to training programs and advanced research that bring the latest surgical advancements straight to our patients.
With the robotic da Vinci Surgical System™, surgeons perform operations through small incisions in the body for procedures that once required open surgery. Through tiny incisions, surgeons are able to operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions, while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
When medicines and noninvasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to:
- Cervical cancer and uterine cancer
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine prolapse
- Menorrhagia or excessive bleeding
Traditional, open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding area has been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. However, open surgery can come with significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and a threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.
Robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option for some gynecologic procedures, including complex procedures such as radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer. The da Vinci Surgical system provides unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions and allows your surgeon to better visualize your body’s anatomy, which is especially important when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder.
When medicines and other non-surgical treatments are either unavailable or do not relieve symptoms, surgery is the treatment for a broad range of conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and the organs of the urinary tract.
Traditional, open urologic surgery, in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs has been the standard approach. Common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.
At IU Health Bloomington Hospital Surgery, less invasive surgical options are available to many patients facing urologic surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. While laparoscopy can be very effective for many routine procedures, limitations of this technology prevent its use for more complex urologic surgeries.
The da Vinci Surgical System is being used by our surgeons for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures. This minimally invasive approach, using the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery, including prostatectomy.
The primary goal of prostatectomy is removal of cancer. A secondary goal is to preserve urinary function and, when applicable, erectile function. Preservation of the nerves necessary for erections can be an extremely important goal for patients. A nerve-sparing prostatectomy attempts to preserve these nerves so the patient may be able to return to his prior erectile function.
da Vinci prostatectomy is a robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery that is becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate following early diagnosis of prostate cancer. Using da Vinci, surgeons at IU Health Bloomington Hospital Surgery have a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.
Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Outpatient Surgery, located on the first floor at the east end of the main lobby, is open 6 am – 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and Saturday for scheduled surgeries, including electives.