Leigh Matlaga, MD with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System

Leigh Matlaga, MD, Robotic Surgeon, with the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System

Types of Robotic Surgery

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is committed to optimizing outcomes for patients who turn to us for surgical care. Some of the general surgical procedures our robotic surgeons perform most commonly include:

  • Hernia repairs
  • Cholecystectomy (removal of gallbladder)
  • Appendectomy (removal of appendix)
  • Resections (removal of a section of an internal organ that is not functioning properly)

The Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program offers patients highly trained physicians who specialize in performing a variety of complex surgical procedures robotically, using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. Our goal is to partner with the patient and their referring physician to reduce complications, decrease hospital stay, and reduce health risks so that patients can regain their lives and return to daily activities, sooner.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, please call us at:


MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

Overview of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery takes minimally-invasive approaches to the next level. Our team of robotic surgeons can see more, move better and target the area of your body that needs attention. Many benefits include less blood loss during the procedure, minimized post-operation pain, and shorter recovery periods. Patients, like Fawn, who have undergone robotic surgery, can tell you the recovery process is greatly simplified, and much easier than what they expected. Within weeks patients are back to their normal lifestyles.

The da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System is used for multiple specialties, including bariatrics, colorectal, gynecology, urogynecology, and urologic oncology. One thing that differentiates MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center from other hospitals in Baltimore is the range and breadth of surgical procedures our team offers robotically.

Patient Story: Robotic Hernia Repair 

Fawn Palmer Robotic Surgery Hernia Repair MedStar

After her robotic hernia repair, Fawn Palmer was able to return to kayaking.

There is no place in the world Fawn Palmer would rather than be than out on the water, in her kayak. So, when a lingering, nagging pain in her abdomen became so intense that she could no longer lift her boat in and out of her truck, or transport it to and from the water’s edge, Fawn was devastated. After a consultation with Michael Matsuura, MD, a general surgeon at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center , Fawn forged ahead and to have her hernia repaired robotically. Just a few weeks after surgery, she was back in her kayak. Click here to read the full story.

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Robotic Surgery FAQs

At MedStar Franklin Square, we understand that undergoing surgery can be a difficult experience. If your MedStar surgeon has recommended robotic surgery, you probably have many questions about the procedure. We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you through this process.

Find answers to frequently asked questions about robotic surgery here.

Surgeries Performed Using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

A diverse group of robotic surgeons, representing a wide range of clinical service areas at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, are trained to perform surgery using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. Find the one who may be right for you by choosing and clicking the appropriate link below.