Is robotic surgery safer than traditional surgery?

Robotic surgery is much safer for the patient than traditional surgery, suggests Bradley C. Ryan, MD, FACS, of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. Watch this video to learn more.
Robotic surgery is not necessarily safer than any other kind of surgery, but it is less invasive, says Scott Benninghoven, MD, in robotic surgery with the Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Learn more in this video.
Most surgeries are considered safe without the use of robotics, but robotic surgeries allow for finer movements. Rick Kline, MD, Trauma Medical Director at Regional Medical Center in San Jose, explains.
Robotic surgery can be safer than some other forms of surgery, but all types of surgery carry risks including bleeding, infection, and problems with anesthesia. Robotic surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery in which doctors use a computer to direct precise and accurate movements of instruments attached to a robot. 
As with other types of minimally invasive surgery, in robotic surgery, doctors make only a few small incisions rather than one large incision. This in itself can reduce bleeding and pain and speed recovery time. In one of the incisions, the surgeon inserts a long, thin tube with an attached light and tiny camera.
The camera projects a magnified image of the inside of the body up onto a screen; this can make an area easier to see than with traditional open surgery and possibly increase safety. Not all surgeries can be performed with the assistance of robotic instruments. If you need to have surgery, talk to your doctor about all your options.

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