What is robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is designed to allow surgeons to perform complex procedures with enhanced precision and minimally invasive. The robotic surgical system includes mechanical arms with attached surgical instruments and a camera arm that allows the doctor to visualize the treatment area. The robot does not perform the surgery itself. The surgeon controls these arms to perform the surgery. This technology allows surgeons to minimize the trauma to the patient leading to faster recovery times.
What are the benefits of robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery offers several benefits over traditional open and laparoscopic procedures. Robotic surgery allows surgeons to have improved vision with the 3D high definition view. With the “wristed” instruments, the surgeon is able to perform complex maneuvers similar to traditional open procedures which was lost with laparoscopic surgery. This improves the overall effectiveness of the procedure and reduces the risk of complications. Patients also spend less time in the hospital and have a shorter recovery period.
What are the risks of robotic surgery?
As with any surgical procedure robotic surgery does carry some risks. The standard risks of surgery are pain, bleeding and infection. With robotic surgery, these general risks and lower compared to traditional surgery. However, each procedure has its own set of risks. We will discuss all surgical risks and benefits and make sure all questions and concerns are addressed before we proceed with surgery.
How long is the recovery after robotic surgery?
The recovery period following robotic surgery will depend on the type of procedure performed, as well as the patient’s condition before the surgery. However, the recovery period following robotic surgery is usually shorter and less difficult than after a traditional open procedure. This is due to smaller incisions and reduced surgical trauma achieved by using the robotic surgical system. We will discuss exact expected recovery time for the patient and procedure at the time of initial consultation.
When is robotic surgery appropriate?
Every patient and procedure are different. We discuss with the patient the risks and benefits of every procedure and if robotic surgery is the optimal, most efficient way to treat the specific problem at hand. If robotic surgery is not appropriate, do not worry! We will make sure to provide you with all alternatives and together formulate a treatment plan that is best for you. Our goal is to provide the highest standard of care in the safest way possible.