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How is robotic surgery used in oncology?

Linus Chuang, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
Robotic surgery is a form of laparoscopic surgery. It has better visuals than the traditional laparoscopic opticals. Unlike laparoscopy, instrument used in robotic surgery are wristed. This allows surgeons to perform surgeries with better precisions. The surgical outcomes are slightly better with regards to lesser blood loss, lesser pain and possibly shorter hospital stays.

Robotic surgery is used in oncology for surgeries in areas that are hard to access via traditional surgery. A robot performs the surgery, while a surgeon remotely controls it. 3-D images help to guide the surgeon's movements. Robotic surgery is generally only available in very specialized treatment facilities.

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