Robotic surgery can be advantageous
Certain illnesses or injuries require surgery to correct the problem or prevent further damage. Surgery is not something many people would volunteer for, but it can be a necessity in certain instances.
Patients may have many questions when they learn that surgery is on the horizon. Robotic surgery in particular may raise patients’ eyebrows. Robotic surgery is a relatively recent development. According to UC Health and Mount Carmel Medical Center, robotic surgery is an advanced form of minimally invasive or laparoscopic (small incision) surgery. Compared to open surgeries, robotic surgery offers many benefits to patients, some of which include: ● minimal scarring ● reduced blood loss ● faster recovery time ● reduced risk of infection ● reduced pain and discomfort ● possibly shorter hospitalization
● faster recovery time Robotic surgery works similarly to traditional surgery, but instead of the surgeon working manually, robotic arms take over. During robotic surgery, typically three robotic arms are inserted into the patient through small incisions. One arm is a camera and the other two serve as the surgeon’s “hands.” In some instances, a fourth arm is used to clear away any obstructions. Surgeons will perform the procedure using a computer-controlled console.
Robotic surgery does not mean that a robot is taking the place of a surgeon. Rather, robotic surgery combines the skills and knowledge of surgeons with advancements in technology in an effort to improve surgical procedures. Many surgeons prefer robotic surgery because of its precision and the superior visualization of the surgical field that the procedure provides. It’s also easier to account for tremors in the hands, and the machinery enables greater maneuverability.
UC Health explains how robotic surgery works:
The surgeon will work from a computer console in the operating room, controlling the miniaturized instruments mounted on the robotic arms. He or she looks through a 3-D camera attached to another robotic arm, which magnifies the surgical site. The surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements will be transmitted through the computer console to the instruments attached to the robot’s arms. The mimicked movements have the same range of motion as the surgeon, allowing for maximum control. While the surgeon is working, the surgi-
cal team will supervise the robot at the patient’s bedside.
Men, women and children can benefit from robotic surgery, which has become especially helpful for gynecologic conditions. Robotic surgery has been used in the treatment of cancers of the abdomen, as well as pelvic masses, fibroids, tumors, and tubal ligations. Robotic surgery also can be used for pelvic reconstruction surgeries and to treat incontinence and organ prolapse.
Although the success rates of traditional surgery versus robotic surgery have been relatively similar, many people are now leaning toward robotic surgery because of its advantages — and seeking doctors and hospitals trained in robotic surgery.
Robotic surgery does not mean that a robot is taking the place of a surgeon. Rather, robotic surgery combines the skills and knowledge of surgeons with advancements in technology in an effort to improve surgical procedures.