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Overview of Robotic Surgery

You’ve just been diagnosed with a condition requiring surgery. Until very recently your options included traditional surgery with a large open incision or laparoscopy, which uses small incisions but is typically limited to very simple procedures.

Thanks to a breakthrough surgical technology, there is a new category of minimally invasive surgery for which you may be a candidate. It is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy. Through the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons are now able to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures.

Imagine major surgery performed through the smallest of incisions. Imagine having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities – as well as the potential for better clinical outcomes.

Robotic surgery has become increasingly popular as surgeons seek more advanced ways to perform complex procedures with the least amount of risk and recovery time for patients. Robotic surgery provides less pain and less blood loss for the patient. Patients who have had Robotic surgery, have been very impressed with the way they felt following the surgery and were able to be discharged from the hospital the very next day.

While the robots are not true autonomous robots that perform surgical tasks on their own, they are lending a helping hand to surgeons who use them for unprecedented control and precision of surgical instruments in the least invasive surgical procedures available. Simply speaking, the unit enhances the physician’s experienced surgical techniques. The surgeon has complete control at all times, as the unit replicates his or her movements.

Patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery with the da Vinci® currently report less pain, blood loss, and scarring than those undergoing conventional surgery. In addition, reduced instances of infection, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, and quicker return to normal activities are further reported.