What's the difference between laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery?

Laparoscopy provides surgeons with 2D vision during surgery, whereas robotic surgery provides 3D vision, better feedback and depth perception. Watch Bradley C. Ryan, MD, FACS, of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, explain more. 
Robotic surgery is much more efficient and precise than laparoscopic, says Frank Candela, MD, with West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Learn more in this video.
The removal of the cancer is the same in robotic and laparascopic colorectal surgery, says Ovunc Bardakcioglu, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he explains how the doctor gets to the cancer in each technique.
Kevin R. Rayls, MD
Facial Plastic Surgery
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. 
Daniel Labow, MD
Surgical Oncology
Laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery are both minimally invasive. In this WisePatient video, Daniel Labow, MD explains the difference between the two procedures and when each is best.

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