Minimally Invasive Surgery At McLaren
If your doctor has recommended surgery, researching your procedure and surgical options can provide you with both knowledge, to ensure the quickest recovery possible, as well as peace-of-mind in knowing what to expect before, during and following surgery. At McLaren Flint, we are always working with our surgeons to bring the latest proven treatments to our patients and maintaining the safest environment of care.
Q: What is minimally invasive surgery?
A: Minimally invasive surgery is when surgical procedures are performed using very small incisions. Surgeons use specialized pencil-thin instruments to perform a surgical task beneath the skin aided by the use of a fiberoptic camera. The exceptionally clear image is projected onto a large monitor in the Operating Room for a magnified image of the surgical site. Many major procedures can now be performed using this technique. The term laparoscopy is used when this type of surgery is performed in the abdomen. It's called arthroscopy when performed in a joint, and endoscopy when done through a natural opening in the body, such as the mouth, nose, rectum or vagina.
Q: What is robotic-assisted surgery?
A: Robotic-assisted surgery, a type of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), uses surgical robotic equipment which imitates surgical movements. MIS procedures allow surgeons to operate through small ports rather than large incisions, resulting in shorter recovery times, fewer complications and reduced hospital stays. Surgical robotics combines minimally invasive surgery with highly advanced clinical technology.
Here at McLaren, we use the daVinci Surgical Robot System which enhances surgical capabilities by enabling the performance of complex surgeries through tiny surgical openings. The system allows surgeon's hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site. The da Vinci system has been successfully used in thousands of procedures worldwide.
Q: What are advantages of robotic-assisted surgery?
A: The advantages of your surgeon using the robotic-assisted surgery are:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Faster recovery
- Less scarring
- Reduced blood loss and transfusions
Major advantages for surgeons using robotic-assistance during surgery include:
- Greater visualization
- Enhanced surgeon dexterity
- Greater precision