Robotic Surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery is the latest advancement in minimally invasive surgical techniques. Robotic surgery has become commonplace in weight loss surgery and various other surgical specialties because of its flexibility. Despite its name, no part of the procedure is performed independently by a robot. Instead, the robot is entirely controlled by the surgeon’s input.

Much like traditional laparoscopic, or minimally invasive surgery, the robot utilizes 4-5 small ½ to 1-inch incisions in the abdomen to access the abdominal cavity without needing a large single incision.

What Is the Robot?

The robotic surgical system is composed of two pieces. The first component consists of the robotic arms set up adjacent to the patient within the confines of the operating room. Nearby, the surgeon is seated in a pod-like device and uses hand and foot movements to control the robotic arms. The robot translates the surgeon’s inputs, scaling them to a precise, smooth motion.

The robotic surgical system also addresses one of the significant limitations of traditional minimally invasive surgery – range of motion. While modern medical devices used in minimally invasive surgery are incredibly advanced, they do not have a range of motion anywhere near the human wrist. However, each of the robot’s arms is wristed. The robot’s range of motion exceeds that of the human wrist at a full 360 degrees. In some specialties, procedures that were always performed with an open incision can now be performed using minimally invasive robotics. The wristed motion provides greater precision within the abdomen and lower risk than open bariatric surgery.

Benefits to The Surgeon

The robot offers the surgeon some very compelling benefits as well. Firstly, the camera used during the robotic procedure is exceptionally advanced and generates a three-dimensional view of the surgical field. This means the surgeon is wholly immersed in the process. Further, it offers a more comfortable setting, with the surgeon seated in a pod. Fatigue after a long day of surgeries is less of an issue.

Is It Right for You?

The benefits of robotically-assisted surgery are compelling. Beyond the benefits of performing more complex movements within the abdomen, many patients experience less pain and have fewer complications than traditional laparoscopic surgery.

A consultation with one of our surgeons can offer definitive guidance on robotic surgery and whether it is suitable for your circumstance.

Procedures We Perform Using Robotic Surgery