What are the advantages of robotic surgery?

Rodolfo E. Saenz, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Advantages to robotic surgery include being less invasive and quicker recovery. In this video, Rodolfo Saenz, MD, an OB/GYN at Riverside Community Hospital, says robotic surgery improves the overall quality of care for patients in many ways.
Some major advantages are precision, smaller incisions, decreased blood loss, less pain, lower risk of infection, possibly quicker healing time. One of the major advantages is that robotic surgery helps the surgeon overcome the technical limitations of laproscopic surgery. When doing laproscopic surgery there are technical difficulties and the robot platform helps facilitate that surgery.

When we talk about advantages, we usually are referring to the advantages to the patient. We're not always talking about the advantages to the surgeon and the staff. But that's very important too. Because dealing with surgeon fatigue is very important. Robotic surgery is very ergonomic. There is no standing at the operating table for hours. And the high-definiion, 3-D vision the systems provide is very advantageous.
Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Robotic surgery is a type of laparoscopic surgery that uses the da Vinci robot system to assist in performing technically difficult laparoscopic surgery.  The main advantage that the robot has is it allows surgeons to do very precise movement, dissection and suturing intraabdominally.  As robotic surgery is becoming more and more popular, it is allowing many more patients to have minimally invasive surgery which will allow quicker recovery, safer surgery and decrease the needs for large abdominal scars.
Thomas M. Beaver, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)

Robotic surgery has been used in recent years to help perform minimally invasive surgeries. The goal of minimally invasive surgery is to decrease trauma to tissues with smaller incisions, which can reduce pain and the need for blood transfusions, as well as shortening hospital stays.

Surgeons that perform minimally invasive surgery operate through small incisions with long instruments. A robot is not required to perform less invasive surgery, but robotic surgeons feel that the robot gives them better control of the long instruments.

In lung surgery, robotic approaches have been used to remove tumors. In heart surgery, robotic approaches have been used to bypass blocked arteries on the heart, to place electrodes on the heart for pacemakers, to treat atrial fibrillation, and to repair mitral valves.

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