For example, doctors use robotic surgery to perform colectomies (removal of part or all of the colon) as well as to remove cancerous lesions of the colon. Gastric bypass procedures can also be performed using robotic instruments. Surgeons may also use robotic surgery to remove organs such as the kidney or gallbladder.
Although robotic surgery offers advantages over traditional "open" surgery, it is not available in all hospitals, not all doctors can perform it, and it is not well suited to all types of procedures and situations. If you need to have surgery, talk to your doctor about all your options.