Vascular Surgery Overview
All of us face the risk of vascular disease. Nearly one out of two will suffer from it. When surgery is necessary, our Surgical Specialists vascular surgeons in Houston, TX are here to provide expert vascular surgical care, including endovascular procedures.
Vascular Surgery is a surgical subspecialty that manages a variety of conditions like carotid stenosis, peripheral arterial disease, aneurysms, leg swelling, and varicose veins. It also provides temporary and permanent access for dialysis patients. It emphasizes the role of conservative measures with medical therapy and lifestyle modifications prior to proceeding with an intervention.
A vascular surgeon can perform minimally invasive catheter-based interventions as well as open surgical procedures. Hence, he can choose the best option for each individual patient as opposed to some other practitioners who can only do catheter-based interventions.
Vascular Surgery Procedures
Benefits of Robotic Vascular Surgery
Robotic-assisted surgery is a leading-edge procedure. It is minimally invasive — meaning large surgical incisions are not required — and the precision of the technology can be an ideal option for delicate and complex surgeries involving vascular issues.
Robotic-assisted surgery enables vascular surgeons to perform a more precise operation less invasive than conventional vascular surgery, leading to benefits for patients such as:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery time and return to normal activities
- Clinical outcomes comparable to conventional surgeries
Why Robotic-assisted Vascular Surgery?
During the operative procedure the surgeon sits at a controlling console near the patient. An assisting surgeon is at the bedside next to the patient. Through a video camera, the operating surgeon watches the operative field and controls several robotic arms from the console, which replicate the surgeon’s hand movements. Three computers at the console track those movements 1,000 times a second, digitizing the information and enabling unprecedented surgical precision. Computer-assisted robotic surgery allows procedures to be performed that previously were beyond the capabilities of human manual dexterity.
A benefit to the patient from robotic-assisted surgery is a decreased length of recovery time. Instead of months of recovery from the healing of the sternum, recuperation times can be reduced to a matter of weeks. The operation is performed thoracoscopically, meaning it is less invasive because it requires only small, keyhole incisions between the ribs rather than a chest-length opening for vascular surgeons to operate around the heart. Patients can often return to normal activity in two to three weeks instead of six to eight weeks, common to standard open surgery.
Robotic General Surgery
Robotic surgery is a method of surgery that utilizes a computerized system to perform surgical procedures. This system usually consists of mechanical arms that control surgical instruments, as well as a camera arm the surgeon can use to view the treatment area. The surgeon controls these arms using a computer. This method improves precision considerably.
In many cases, we will use robotic surgery in combination with minimally-invasive surgical techniques. By using these two techniques together, we can minimize the trauma to the patient and ensure the best outcome.
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