How Does it Work?
Similar to laparoscopic surgery in that it is minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedures use special equipment that includes an operating console for the surgeon, precision-guided robotic arms that are inserted through keyhole-sized incisions, and a small video camera that provides magnified, 3-D images of the surgical site. The camera enables doctors to see the blood vessels, nerve bundles and organs (such as the bladder, rectum and ureters) adjacent to the operating area. The robotic arms, with full 360-degree rotation capabilities, allow surgical instruments to move with exactitude, flexibility and a range of motion that cannot be accomplished with standard laparoscopy. Robotic-assisted procedures usually are done under general anesthesia. Most patients experience only a small blood loss and blood transfusions are uncommonly needed. Gynecology oncology patients typically spend one or two nights in the hospital and are usually discharged when they are able to tolerate regular food, walk without assistance, and have pain that is controlled with pain pills. To learn more about robotic surgery or for free physician referral, please call (954) 370-5585 today.
At the same time, the latest robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate your surgeon’s hand movements into precise micro-movements of the robot's instruments. Although it is often called a “robot”, thy cannot move or operate on its own; your surgeon is 100% in control.
Several types of robotic surgery may be used to treat many conditions. Some people may not be candidates for robotic surgery. Your doctor will discuss with you whether you’re a candidate for the procedure.
In robotic surgery, a type of minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic surgery), surgeons make a few short incisions instead of the single long incision made in open surgery. Surgeons conduct robotic surgery using a robotic system, which includes a camera arm and several interactive mechanical arms, with joints that work like a human’s wrist.
Your surgeon guides the procedure from a remote console a few feet from the surgical table. Your surgeon views the surgical area in a 3-D magnified view on a monitor, which offers greater depth perception and detailed views than does open surgery.
From the remote console, your surgeon uses two hand-and-finger devices to precisely direct the mechanical arms at the operating table. Your surgeon leads a trained surgical team during the surgery.
Surgeons have more flexibility, control and maneuverability using the surgical instruments in robotic surgery than in traditional minimally invasive surgery. Using robotic surgery, surgeons can perform delicate and complex procedures that may have been difficult or impossible with other techniques. In robotic surgery, you often may have less blood loss and reduced trauma, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery compared with open surgery. You may return to normal activities more quickly than after open surgery. Robotic surgery may involve some risks, similar to open surgery, including risk of infection and other complications.
Patients typically experience significantly less pain and less blood loss than those undergoing conventional “open-incision” procedures. Patients typically enjoy quicker recovery times. Additionally, studies suggest that the robotic-assisted system provides surgeons with a superior tool that allows for the precise removal of lymph nodes during cancer operations, when compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches. The robotic system also allows your surgeon better visualization of the anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder, blood vessels and other internal organs. This allows surgeons to perform radical cancer surgeries and help overcome challenges associated with adhesions from previous operations.