Robotic-assisted surgery provides surgeons with a steady set of hands that can hold and manipulate instruments under the surgeons control. During the procedure, the surgeon’s hand movements are translated through the computer to the robot’s arms that then do the work. Safety mechanisms are in place to ensure that the robot only moves under control of the surgeon. If the surgeon looks away from the computer terminal, the robot locks in place.
The robot helps during laparoscopic surgeries that involve special instruments that are inserted through several small incisions in the body. One of the robot’s arms holds a special camera that provides three-dimensional views, including magnification of the area where the surgeon is working. Surgeons using the da Vinci surgical system report that the robotic instruments move more freely than the human wrist does, enabling them to get the instruments placed at the correct angle. Plus the robot can hold instruments without any of the fine motor movement that a human’s hands would have, making the surgery more precise. The robot’s arms can get to areas of the body that are harder to reach compared to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery.
What types of surgery can the da Vinci system do?
Surgeons may use the da Vinci system for a number of laparoscopic procedures including:
t What are the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery?
Robotic-assisted surgery uses smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. These incisions may be smaller than those in a laparoscopic procedure without robot assistance. These smaller incisions may mean:
Faster recovery time
Less pain and bleeding
Less risk of infection
Shorter hospital stays
Any surgical procedure has risks, including reactions to medications, difficulty breathing, bleeding and infection.
You should discuss the options for any surgical procedure including whether an open, laparoscopic or robotic-assisted procedure would be more appropriate for your health and condition. You also should discuss the risks and benefits of any procedure before making a decision.
To locate a physician who performs robotic-assisted surgery call our Physician Referral Line at 205-877-8800 or visit bwmc.com/FindAPhysician and search the special area of interest using "robotic surgery".