HCA Gulf Coast
February 16, 2023

Dr. Jerome Young and colleagues from the HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe surgery team celebrate the completion of the 2000th robotic-assisted procedure on February 8, 2023.

Conroe, TX – HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe announced it recently completed 2000 robotic surgery cases. Robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive surgery performed by a surgeon using a machine with mechanical arms bearing surgical instruments, along with a camera. HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe has two robots for gynecological, bariatric and general surgery cases.

Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery offers several benefits to patients compared to open surgery. These include smaller incisions, less pain and blood loss. Because of the smaller incisions, patients have a reduced risk of infection and recover more quickly, with some able to return to work or their routine the same day. Robotic-assisted surgery allows the surgeon to visualize 3D images that provide a more comprehensive visual field allowing precise operations in complex, hard-to-reach locations in the body.

Dr. Jerome Young, medical director of women’s services at HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe performed the hospital’s 2000th robotic-assisted surgery.  “Since 2015, robotic surgery has become an integral part of my routine and I would not perform minimally invasive gynecologic surgery any other way. Ninety-nine percent of our procedures, including hysterectomy, are performed on an outpatient basis,” states Young.

“We have an extremely experienced team of surgeons and clinicians who perform these procedures every day and we are thrilled to hit this milestone,” states Dr. Alan Przybyla, medical director of robotic surgery at HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe. “As a surgeon, I really enjoy the enhanced visualization and the surgical precision these robotic procedures afford. Our patients like the benefits of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery and the reduced downtime compared to open procedures.”