Top 5 Surprising Facts About Robotic Surgery

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

The Robotic Evolution

The terms robotic surgery, robotically assisted surgery or computer assisted surgery, all refer to a technological development in the field of surgical procedures. In quite a number of operating rooms today, you will find robotic systems aiding colon and rectal surgeons, also know as proctologists, during surgical procedures. Robotically assisted surgery was developed to help overcome the limitations associated with minimally invasive surgery. It was also developed to help enhance the capabilities of surgeons during surgical procedures.

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Surgery is never an easy thing for anyone and the term robotic surgery makes the whole aspect of surgery seem even more intimidating. However, there is no need for worry when it comes to robotic surgery. This type of surgery is a new and innovative type of surgical system performed by a trained surgeon using the da Vinci Si™ surgical robotic system. It is designed in such a way that there are built in safe guards and that the surgical process is safe.

The following are the top 5 surprising facts about robotic surgery:

  1. Whenever robotic surgery is performed, it is done by the surgeon. The robot is the assistant.  The da Vinci Si is a special kind of surgical platform whereby surgeons use small, precise and minimal invasive tools. This type of surgical platform enables the surgeon to make movements that are more exact and offers him or her a wide variety of motions within the small surgical area. Even though robotic surgery provides a 3D and HD vision system, optimum control and state-of-the art technology, the surgeon is still 100% in control of any movements.

  2. With robotic surgery, there are smaller scars.  With the da Vinci Si surgical system, surgeons only need to make 4  or 5 small incisions in order to successfully complete the surgery. This means that things such as large and more invasive incisions are no longer needed. In addition, these small incisions tend to heal much quicker and the patient ends-up with far less scaring on the body.

  3. With robotic surgery, there may be less postoperative pain or risk of infections. Minimally invasive surgery means that surgeons make smaller incisions. This results in patients feeling much less pain and having quick recovery times. In addition, there is less exposure of the internal body tissues because of the smaller incisions. This may help to reduce the risk of dangerous infections.  However, studies evaluating this are in progress.

  4. Patients experience quick recovery periods with robotic surgery.  Again, due to the smaller incisions made by surgeons, patients tend to recover much quicker after undergoing robotic surgery. With this kind of surgery, a minimal area of the body is involved, cut or removed during the procedure. This results in patients recovering quickly after the surgery. Post-operative stays are shorter than those in open, traditional operations,  and the patients may be able to return to their lives and routines within just a few days after the procedure.

  5. Robotic surgery is also used to treat gynecological conditions.  The following are some of the gynecological conditions that robotic surgery can help to deal with:

  • Hysterectomy: This is the removal of the uterus.
  • Hyomectomy: This is the removal of fibroid tumors
  • Sacrocolpopexy: This refers to a surgical correction of the vaginal and uterine prolapse.

Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates

The first step in finding out about robotic surgery is to call Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates at (310) 273-2310.  Your confidential appointment will allow you to ask questions about your diagnosis and ask about whether the surgical robot may be part of your treatment.

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