Robotic and laparoscopic surgery are both minimally invasive, says Kevin Rayls, MD, a general surgeon at Southern Hills Hospital. In this video, he says that the incisions in robotic surgery are even smaller.
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What are the risks of minimally invasive surgery?
As with all types of surgery, minimally invasive surgery carries risk of bleeding, infection, problems related to anesthesia, and technical difficulties during the procedure.
However, there is some evidence that risk of bleeding and infection can be reduced in minimally invasive surgery because doctors perform the surgery through a few small incisions rather than one large opening. In addition, in most cases, minimally invasive surgery results in less pain and quicker recovery for patients than traditional "open" surgery.
Many doctors trained in robotic surgery -- one type of minimally invasive surgery -- feel that use of the robotic instruments allows for precise, accurate movements to perform the surgery, possibly reducing the risk of technical difficulties.
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