Robotic general and bariatric surgery has become a very popular option over the past decade. Robotic surgery represents an incredible leap forward in surgical technology and the greatest advancement in our field since the advent of laparoscopic surgery several decades ago. Our practice is trained and highly experienced in the use of robotically assisted surgical technology. Several general surgery procedures and some bariatric procedures including the gastric sleeve are now being performed with the assistance of a robot.
How Does Robotic Surgery work?
Contrary to the name, the procedure is not performed solely by a robot. Rather, the robotic arms assist the surgeon. The surgeon is comfortably seated in a pod-like enclosure in the operating room. Utilizing a large screen and handles, the surgeon’s hand movements are translated to the robotic arms and the procedure is performed similarly to any other minimally invasive surgery. The big advancement in robotic surgery, however comes in the form of precision. The robot has wristed arms, much like those of a human being. However, the wrists articulate in a much greater range of motion than the human wrist can. This benefit is even more drastic when compared to traditional laparoscopic tools that offer comparatively little range of motion. The result is that complex procedures can now be performed in a minimally invasive manner, where before they often would require open surgery. Robotic surgery also reduces the strain on the surgeon, who is seated comfortably, has a high definition three-dimensional view of the surgical field and does not have to look up at a television screen above the operating table while standing next to the patient for hours each day.
Are There Any Risks With Robotic Surgery?
Of course, as with any surgical procedure, robotic surgery comes with inherent risks associated with any major surgery. These risks will be discussed during your consultation. It is also important to note that not all patients will qualify for robotic or minimally invasive surgery.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of robotically assisted surgery for your upcoming procedure, we suggest that you contact our office to learn more about the options available to you.