7 Key Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Through the use of robotic-assisted surgery, surgeons are now able to offer minimally invasive and more precise options for many complex surgical procedures—from knee replacements to cancer treatment.
To operate using the robotic system, a surgeon makes tiny incisions in the body and inserts miniaturized instruments and a high-definition three-dimensional camera. Sometimes skin incisions are not required at all. Then, from a nearby console, the surgeon manipulates those instruments to perform the operation.
During a robotic-assisted procedure, the surgeon uses master controls to manipulate the instruments, and the instruments translate that surgeon’s movements into precise movements inside your body. The surgeon is in control the whole time. The surgical system simply responds to the direction he or she provides.
For most patients, robotic surgery offers numerous benefits, including:
- Reduced post-surgery pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer and smaller scars
- Increased precision for more accurate joint replacements
- Faster recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less risk of infection
Types of Robotic Surgery
Depending on the condition needed to be treated, there are different robotic surgery options. Not all hospitals offer all types, and some hospitals may have additional or other systems that use the same principles. Examples of robotic-assisted surgery systems include da Vinci® Surgery system for a variety of applications, Mako™ Robotic-arm assisted technology, Navio™ Robotic Surgery for Knee Replacement, Excelsius GPS® or Mazor Robotics for spine.
The systems allow for superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and improved control. If you feel that robotic surgery might be an appropriate treatment option for you, talk with your doctor to find out if you are a candidate for these innovative treatments.