The fact that traditional surgery methods use invasive medical procedures makes most patients wonder if they have other options. While traditional surgery is the standard, new and improved surgical methods are also available. These improved surgery options offer patients a minimally invasive surgery option when they are in need of surgery. Robotic surgery, also known as robot-assisted surgery is one of these options.
Robotic surgery is a surgical option that offers patients the minimally invasive surgical procedure they want or need. When a patient chooses this progressive surgery option, the patient is going to experience less scarring and overall trauma to their body, which allows for a quicker recovery time. Robot-assisted surgery focuses on minimizing the surgical incisions to reduce trauma to the body.
How robotic surgery works
When a medical professional uses robotic surgery they are able to have more control when they are performing surgery, which is why so many have come to prefer this improved surgery option. Over the years there have been many advances in using minimally invasive techniques and now it is considered to be an option for most patients and for many different types of surgeries.
Robotic-assisted surgery allows us to conduct the surgery from a console where they are able to control a number of robotic arms. The console allows the surgeon to view a 3D image of the surgical procedure. We will then use specialized software to maneuver the robotic arms during the procedure. This surgical option allows for more precision and a higher degree of dexterity, which means that we can reach parts of the body that were once only accessible with traditional surgery methods.
Robotic surgery benefits
Robotic surgery benefits for surgeons include improved dexterity and higher precision. Robotic surgery benefits for patients are many, which is why so many are now choosing this minimally invasive surgical option. When using robotic surgery, the patient will experience:
- less pain
- very small incisions
- a less chance of scarring
- a lower risk of blood loss
- a lower risk of infection
- a shorter hospital stay
Robotic hernia surgery
A hernia can occur when someone’s organ moves through a tear in the surrounding tissue. Surgery is necessary to repair a hernia and place the organ in the correct place. Traditional surgery for hernia repair tends to not only be quite painful, recovery time can be slow and difficult.
Now that robotic surgery is an option for hernia repair, patients will experience less pain. The difference in damage depends on a small incision or a large incision. Some patients may even qualify for outpatient hernia treatment services, allowing them to get back to their regular routine even quicker.
Types of hernias that can be treated using robot-assisted surgery
Inguinal hernias occur in the groin area and are the most common type of a hernia, making up nearly 70 percent of all hernia cases. Femoral hernias often appear as a bulge in the upper thigh/groin area and can be tender to the touch. Umbilical hernias often occur in babies under 6 months of age and occur when the intestines enter the stomach wall.
Incisional hernias can show up after someone has stomach surgery, which occurs when the intestines try to push through the incisional area. Hiatal hernias occur in people over the age of 50 and when part of the stomach enters the chest cavity. If left untreated, a hernia will only grow and get worse, making an appointment necessary.
Other types of robotic surgeryRobotic-assisted surgery can also be used to treat the following medical conditions:
- Pancreatic cancer, gallbladder cancer
- Esophageal cancer, lung tumors
- Cervical cancers, endometriosis
- Neck cancer, thyroid cancer
- Bladder cancer, kidney cancer, prostate cancer
- Heart-related surgeries
A robotic surgery center is a surgical center that is set up to perform surgeries using robot-assisted surgical methods. The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to perform a number of complex surgeries using minimally invasive surgical techniques. The ergonomically-designed console in a surgery center allows surgeons to sit down while operating, where they have access to the many and various robotic procedures that give them full control when it comes to performing surgery with extreme precision.
If you would like to learn more about robotic surgery and the various treatments we provide, call 678-256-0506 to schedule a consultation.