To create the best operational experience, questions such as: Will the surgery fix their problem? How long will they be in the hospital? What are possible complications of the surgery? are constantly researched. The department is ranked among the nation's top centers for advanced surgical care due to both clinical expertise and research efforts. Innovations such as single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), U-clips for microsurgical anastomoses, robotic surgery and other operations keep Scott & White on the leading edge. Multi-disciplinary research is also utilized to understand the development of the diseases that lead patients to the hospital in the first place.