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Surgery and appointment information – Learn more

For the safety of our patients and caregivers, we have expanded and changed how we deliver care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on your medical needs, your appointments could take place in-person, by phone or by video. There may be times when an appointment or procedure may be rescheduled. In which case, we will contact you to let you know. Rest assured, all urgent needs will be addressed promptly.

Existing ChristianaCare patients can request an appointment using their patient portal account.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for your protection. Please refer to our visitor policy for more details.

Our operating rooms are now accommodating elective procedures.

As an added safety measure, all patients will be screened for COVID-19. If needed, your doctor will order a COVID-19 test to be performed at a ChristianaCare laboratory three to five days before your procedure.

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
& Research Institute

da Vinci Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with extraordinary, state-of-the-art robotic precision.

For patients, benefits may include:

  • Significantly less pain.
  • Less blood loss.
  • Less scarring.
  • Shorter recovery time.
  • A faster return to normal activities.
  • Better clinical outcomes.

What is robotic surgery?

Until the development of robotic surgery, surgical options consisted primarily of traditional surgery, which uses large incisions that the surgeon’s hand can fit through, or laparoscopy, which uses small incisions that the surgeon can fit tiny surgical instruments through. Unfortunately, while laparoscopy often produces the most desirable results because it is less invasive, it is not possible for some complex procedures.

Robotic surgery puts the surgeon at the controls of an incredibly precise instrument — the da Vinci — which allows him to perform the surgery through the smallest of incisions. This essentially extends the concept — and the benefits — of laparoscopic surgery to a range of procedures for which traditional laparoscopic surgery is not available.

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713 directions
302-623-4500