How Robotic Surgery Works

Unlike how it sounds, the robotic surgical system is completely controlled by the surgeon. The surgeon manipulates the robot from a console located near the operating room. Hand movements are translated, scaled and inputted into the robot to create very deliberate and precise motions. The robotic instruments are wristed, much like the human wrist, but have a far greater range of motion. One of the great benefits to the surgeon includes an enhanced 3 dimensional view of the surgical field. This allows for a clearer picture versus the television monitor mounted above the operating table. It also reduces surgeon fatigue as they no longer need to stand by the operating table for the entirety of the procedure. Indeed, the surgeon is seated comfortably in a “pod” of sorts and is virtually immersed in the surgical field. The procedure is performed much in the same way as a traditional laparoscopic procedure and offers similar benefits including shortened hospital stay and recovery as well as less pain and blood loss, versus open surgery.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

  • More complex procedures can be performed laparoscopically
  • Greater control of the medical devices than in traditional laparoscopic surgery
  • The surgeon has a better, 3D visualization of the surgical field
  • The dexterity and range of motion of the robotic arm is greater than that of traditional laparoscopic devices
  • Possible Risks and Considerations of Robotic Surgery
  • Not all patients will qualify including those who are morbidly obese
  • The procedure is sometimes longer in length than traditional laparoscopy
  • The risks of any major surgical procedure still apply

Robotic Procedure Options Available

  • Appendectomy
  • Colon Resection (Left or Right)
  • Gallbladder
  • Hernia (Inguinal, Umbilical
  • Ventral/Incisional)
  • Reflux Surgery
  • Splenectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy