Robotic Assisted Surgery

What is robotic-assisted surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery, a type of minimally invasive surgery, uses surgical robotic equipment which imitates surgical movements. Minimally invasive 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.

What are advantages of robotic-assisted surgery?

As with any surgery, outcomes can vary because surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. Robotic-assisted surgery is considered safe and effective, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the benefits and risks.

The advantages of robotic-assisted surgery for patients include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Faster recovery
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss and transfusions
  • Speedier return to daily activities

Major advantages for surgeons using robotic-assistance during surgery include:

  • Greater visualization
  • Enhanced surgeon dexterity
  • Greater precision
Robotic Surgery Risks
As with all types of surgeries, there are risks associated with robotic surgeries and results vary from person to person. Be sure to talk about your specific situation with your physician and surgeon before deciding if robotic-assisted surgery is right for you. 

Robotic-Assisted Surgery at McLaren Flint

McLaren Flint offers a wide range of state-of-the-art robotic-assisted surgical procedures. This type of minimally invasive option for surgery is performed under the direction and guidance of a highly trained surgeon.

Robotic-assisted surgery available at the McLaren Flint includes  The da Vinci® Surgical System and Single Site Surgery. One  of the advantages of robotic-assisted surgery is that side effects are minimized. This includes less bleeding, lower risk of infection, less pain and scarring. Patients usually experience a faster recovery. In most cases, the patient goes home the same day and is able to get back to normal activity much sooner.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery Procedures
Robotics: Frequently Asked Questions

What are advantages of robotic-assisted surgery?

The advantages of your surgeon using the robotic-assisted surgery are:

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

What is minimally invasive surgery?

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.

Patient Stories

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