Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, can create a safer, more accurate surgical experience with faster recovery and less scarring. If you’re considering minimally invasive surgery, learning more about robotic surgery can help you understand your options and the right type of surgery for you.
What is robotic surgery?
During robot-assisted surgery, surgeons utilize an instrument to help them complete complex, minimally invasive procedures. The surgeons at ProMedica use the da Vinci® Surgical System, a revolutionary tool that helps our surgeons perform complex surgeries through an incision that’s less than an inch long.
How does robotic surgery work?
Robotic-assisted surgery works by the robot taking the movements of the surgeon’s hands and translating them into the robot’s arms. Surgeons operate the robotic arms with controls a few feet away from the operating table and use binocular-like lenses to see details within hundredths of an inch.
“The robot is able to translate the movement that I’m making with my fingers into the robotic arms,” Tahir Jamil, MD, ProMedica Physicians General Surgery, explains. “Then, the robot does the work on the inside of whatever organ we are operating on.”
What are the benefits of robotic surgery?
Using a robot for surgery gives surgeons a highly detailed view of the surgical site, with the ability to make precise movements. Compared to traditional surgery, patients who receive minimally invasive robotic surgery typically benefit from:
- Shorter hospitalization.
- Reduced pain and discomfort.
- Faster recovery time and return to normal activities.
- Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection.
- Reduced blood loss and transfusions.
- Minimal scarring.
- Fewer post-surgery complications.
Robotic Surgery at ProMedica
ProMedica’s highly trained surgeons located in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan offer minimally invasive robotic surgery for a variety of conditions. Some of our most common procedures include gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery, colorectal surgery, gynecologic surgery, reflux surgery, lung surgery and general surgery procedures.
Watch the video to learn more about ProMedica’s minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery and its benefits.