How Robotic Surgery Benefits Patients and Surgeons
Traditional open surgery involves large incisions that leave patients vulnerable to infections and extensive scarring. There is also a much higher risk of surgical errors. Robotic surgery is much less invasive, providing patients with significant benefits. Our surgeons highlight how robotic surgery benefits patients and surgeons alike at North Texas Bariatric & General Surgery in Dallas, TX. This advanced technology enhances surgical accuracy, reduces the risk of complications for the patient, and results in shorter recovery periods.
What Is Robotic Surgery?
Robotic surgery is an advanced form of laparoscopic surgery. Previously, this type of surgery involved small incisions and the insertion of a camera. The surgeon then used microscopic instruments to operate on intricate parts of patients’ bodies.
With robotic surgery, the surgeon controls the camera’s and robotic “arms” and instruments from a computer console. This console provides the surgeon a magnified 3D view of the surgical site.
From the console, the surgeon moves his wrist, hand, and fingers as he normally would during surgery. These movements are then transmitted to and mimicked by the robot. The robot’s arms have the capability to filter out any tremors or shakiness of the surgeon’s hands, ensuring the greatest precision and accuracy possible. The surgical team maintains a presence at the patient’s bedside, monitoring vitals and also supervising the robot.
Robotic Surgery Benefits for Patients
The alternative to laparoscopic surgery is open surgery. This type of surgery was previously used to provide surgeons with greater access and visibility to the internal workings of the body. These techniques require a long incision and result in extensive scars. These large incisions also significantly increase the patient’s risk of developing an infection. Open surgery also involves a greater risk for human error.
Robotic surgery offers numerous benefits for patients. It is a safer and much less invasive alternative to open surgery. With robotic laparoscopic surgery, patients can enjoy:
- Smaller incisions, which minimizes pain, scarring, and risk of infection
- Greater precision and accuracy, which minimizes the risk of complications
- Shorter procedures and hospital stays
- Less blood loss and risk of other complications
- Quicker recovery with a faster return to activities
How Robotic Surgery Benefits Surgeons
In addition to the many benefits robotic surgery offers patients, there are benefits for the surgeon as well. With the 3D camera and viewing console, surgeons enjoy greater visualizations of internal organs, nerves, blood vessels, and more. The “arms” and “hands” of the robot also have greater mobility than a surgeon’s hands. This allows for operation in tight spaces with greater flexibility than a surgeon would have even with open surgery. With robotic surgery, our skilled surgeons can perform more intricate procedures to treat a wide range of conditions with greater precision and accuracy than ever before.
Learn More about Our Advanced Technology
If you need surgery for colon or hernia, gallstones, or some other condition, let our expert surgeons review the benefits of robotic surgery with you. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.