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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.