Surgery and Robotics Procedures

Our board certified surgeons and anesthesiologists use modern operating rooms and technology to make the Roper St. Francis Healthcare surgery experience pleasant and safe. Our highly trained clinical team works in concert with our surgeons to provide exceptional care. We are leaders in offering minimally invasive and robotic surgery in Charleston, SC along with traditional procedures.

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Minimally invasive surgery

Roper St. Francis Healthcare is a regional leader in minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is performed through small incisions or natural body openings to minimize trauma. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery are so great that in many cases it has become the standard procedure, replacing traditional open surgery.  

Types of minimally invasive procedures:

  • Robotic surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laser
  • Endovascular advances
  • Angioplasty
  • Stents and grafts
  • Heart valve surgery

Robotic surgery

Robotic surgery, a minimally invasive technique, allows the surgeon to operate through a few small incisions and provides a 3-D high definition view. The tiny instruments that are used can bend and rotate well beyond the capabilities of the human wrist. The benefits of robotic surgery for you are a smaller scar, less pain, shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare was the first in the Lowcountry to offer this technology. Roper Hospital led the way, becoming an internationally recognized colorectal robotic epicenter. The program met a rigorous list of criteria and is a teaching center for this advanced colon cancer fighting tool.

Our healthcare system has expanded upon the excellence of Roper Hospital's program. Now all four of our hospitals offer robotic surgery in the Charleston, SC area, treating a wide range of conditions. Our surgeons enter the operating room with the depth of skill and knowledge that comes from having performed thousands of robotic surgeries. 

Types of conditions treated with robotic surgery:

  • Achalasia
  • Bladder and kidney cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Diaphragm paralysis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female pelvic organ prolapse
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • GERD
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Hip replacements
  • Hysterectomies
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease)
  • Knee replacements
  • Lung cancer
  • Menorrhagia or excessive bleeding
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Prostate cancer
  • Thymoma
  • Thymic carcinoma
  • Ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction
  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse

Roper St. Francis gastroenterology and endoscopic services

Roper St. Francis Healthcare offers a full range of endoscopic procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic services for gastroenterology and pulmonary problems. Patients are cared for by board certified gastroenterologists and pulmonologists as well as nurses and techs that are certified by their professional organization. Many of our doctors have advanced specialized training in therapeutic services and will work with your primary doctor to evaluate and treat your gastrointestinal or pulmonary problems.

Our services include:

  • GI endoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy services
  • Small bowel wireless capsule endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal motility and hydrogen breath testing
  • Pediatric gastroenterology
  • Video-urodynamics and pelvic floor retraining

Pre-admission testing

Pre-admission testing is necessary for all patients. In order to partake in bloodless medicine and surgery, patients will need recent lab work (within 30 days) and some may be required to have other testing done before being cleared for their upcoming surgery. Your doctor or a nurse will give you instructions on what testing is necessary.

A parent or legal representative must accompany a minor (anyone under the age of 18) to his or her pre-admission testing appointment and on the day of surgery. Please let the pre-admission nurse know if the patient is not competent to give consent for treatment.

For pre-admission testing, please call: (843) 965-8205


Prior to your procedure you need to pre-register. You may pre-register by calling (843) 402-5100 to speak with a representative.

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