da Vinci® ... Changing the Experience of Surgery in Southwest Florida

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

The da Vinci® Surgical System 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. The da Vinci® System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:

Smaller incisions – provide faster healing and little to no scarring
Shortened hospital stay, or even outpatient surgery
Minimal blood loss – less chance a blood transfusion will be needed during surgery
Less post-surgical pain – minimizes the length of time or need for pain medication
Faster healing time – you will be back to your normal routine faster

Visit Institute for Robotic Surgery Southwest Florida for more information.


MAKOplasty® partial knee replacement offers new treatment options for those living with painful early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee, affecting only one or two components of the knee, and who prefer a less invasive surgery and more rapid recovery than total knee arthroplasty.

The entire procedure only requires a four to six inch incision over the knee. Tactile, intelligent robotic arm technology and three-dimensional visualization of the knee guides the surgeon in controlled resurfacing of the pre-defined area, saving as much of the patient’s healthy bone and surrounding tissue as possible.

Using CT scan data, the surgeon follows a three dimensional computer model of the patient’s pre-surgical plan. During the procedure, real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback facilitates ideal implant positioning and placement.

It is this level of planning and surgical accuracy in treating earlier stage knee osteoarthritis that can result in a more natural feeling knee and motion.

In many cases, patients are permitted to walk soon after surgery, drive a car within two weeks and return to normal daily activities shortly thereafter.

For more information, read the MAKOplasty® FAQ » or learn more at MAKOplasty »

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Watch these MAKOplasty videos for more information.

MAKOplasty for partial knee replacement (0:30)

Patients talk about their experiences with MAKOplasty (4:00)

da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides your surgeon with tremendous surgical accuracy utilizing high-definition 3D vision and a magnified operating view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci® System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci® cannot act on its own: The surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Together, da Vinci® technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result patients are often able to get back to their daily routines faster — without the usual recovery for traditional surgeries.

To date, the da Vinci® System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures.

For more information, read the da Vinci® FAQ »

Learn more at Institute for Robotic Surgery Southwest Florida.

Watch these da Vinci videos for more information.

da Vinci overview (5:27)

Discusses the da Vinci Si Surgical System (7:21)

Harbor Style Magazine Article

Click here and go to page 115 to view an article on Bayfront Health Punta Gorda's da Vinci Surgical System.

Robotic-assisted surgical technology

Most Bayfront Health hospitals are equipped with a da Vinci™ Si HD® robotic-assisted surgical system, which allows our specially trained surgeons to deliver an unmatched level of precision. We cover an array of specialties and procedures—including single-incision technology for quicker recoveries. We also offer the revolutionary MAKOplasty® total hip replacement and partial knee resurfacing technology at three locations, Brooksville, Port Charlotte and Venice.

  • Orthopedic
  • Gynecological oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Urology
  • General surgery
  • Otolaryngology – only at Saint Petersburg
  • Thoracic

Robotic-assisted surgery is available at St. Petersburg, Brooksville, Spring Hill, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and Venice.


Single-Site - Facing Gallbladder Surgery?

Learn why Single-Site™ da Vinci® Surgery may be your best option for virtually scarless results.

Treatment for gallbladder disease may include lifestyle changes, medicines and procedures. However, when routine medical care does not ease your symptoms, surgery may be needed. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, your doctor may need to remove your gallbladder. This operation is known as a cholecystectomy.

Gallbladder surgery is generally performed using manual laparoscopy with four small incisions. However, at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, our surgeons perform gallbladder removal through one incision to virtually eliminate scarring.

If you have been told you need gallbladder surgery, ask your doctor about Single-Site da Vinci surgery. This procedure is performed through a single incision in your belly button using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. Patients who choose Single-Site technology at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda experience a virtually scarless procedure since surgery is performed through only one incision in the belly button, which dramatically limits visible scarring.

General Surgery/Colon & Rectal Surgery

Alvaro Bada, MD

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Domingo Galliano, MD
Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery

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John Guarino, MD

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Robotic Surgery Center

The Institute for Robotic Surgery of Southwest Florida is home to some of the most sought-after physicians in the country performing the newest, most innovative techniques in surgery today. Our physicians not only learn and practice cutting edge medicine, but many are involved in the development of new treatments through active clinical research.

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