Unlike laparoscopic surgery, which is typically limited to relatively simple procedures, robot-assisted surgery can be used for more complex operations. That’s because the robot offers additional enhancements for the surgeons that mean more precise removal of diseased tissue, and that means better outcomes for the patient. These enhancements include:
- A better view through three-dimensional magnification.
The high-definition stereoimaging camera captures depth perception unavailable to surgeons using standard laparoscopy. The camera also can magnify images to 10 times that which can be seen with the human eye.
- Enhanced dexterity and more precision.
The robotic arms, equipped with tiny instruments, can turn 360 degrees, rotating and bending as the surgeon dictates. This dexterity allows the instruments to navigate inside the body in ways that a human hand cannot. A special wrist joint at the tip of the surgical instruments enhances the ability to perform subtle, complex movements such as maneuvering around delicate areas while cutting. It also makes other actions, such as suturing, easier.
- The ability to neutralize hand tremors.
Any slight hand movement such as a tremor is corrected by the robot.
- Better control by the surgeon.
The surgeon controls the camera throughout the case, allowing for better visualization
All of these benefits result in additional benefits for the patient including:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Smaller incisions and minimal scarring
- Less risk of infection
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
The risk of robotic surgery is the same as the risk for all surgical procedures. You should discuss these risks with your surgeon.