da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Surgeons need to have a very high level of training to be able to do Robotic Assisted Surgery. Our surgeon has advanced training and is extremely skilled in Robotic Assisted Surgery.

What is Robotic Surgery?

Robotic Assisted Surgery also known as Robotic Surgery is a new way of performing minimally invasive surgery. It uses the same type of small incisions as laparoscopic surgery. Robotic surgery is a newer kind of minimally invasive surgery. The surgeon makes small incisions, but the instruments work through a robotic device. The surgeon sits at a console and operates the robot’s arms, which in turn move tiny tools inside the patient’s body. Surgeons need to have a very high level of training to be able to do Robotic Assisted Surgery. Our surgeons have advanced training and are extremely skilled in Robotic Assisted Surgery.

What Are Some Advantages & Disadvantages to Robotic Assisted Surgery?

Traditional laparoscopic instruments are straight and some may have the ability to curve (articulate). Laparoscopic surgery frequently is limited to a 2D monitor like a TV.

There are several advantages to Robotic Assisted Surgery. The surgeon can view a high-quality, 3D image and can move his or her hands and wrists more naturally. The robot can reduce tremors in the surgeon’s movements and is helpful for surgery in tight spaces in the body. Robotic surgery is particularly helpful for certain types of procedures in which access is difficult.
Robotic Assisted Surgery also gives the ability to have instruments that mimic a surgeon’s hands to a certain extent. This is because each robotic instrument has two joints. This gives the surgeon the ability to do difficult procedures with more ease.
Disadvantages include a significant learning curve for surgeons to become fully expert. Some surgeons miss the “feel” of direct contact with the patient’s organs. And robotic surgery can take longer, regardless of the surgeon’s expertise.
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The robotic arm with “hand” showing the mobility compared to a surgeon’s hand:

Overhead View of How the Operating Room Looks During a Robotic Surgery:

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What is the difference between Laparoscopic Surgery and Robotic Assisted Surgery?

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Once you have had a conversation about surgery and had all of your questions answered, these are the main steps to follow for surgery:
  • Discuss all of your medications with the doctor at your visit.
  • Register for your surgery at the hospital
  • Do not eat anything for 8 hours before surgery.
  • You will be given an instruction sheet about medications that you can and cannot take before surgery. If you are allowed to take medications, you can take them at your regular time with a very small amount of water.
  • Make sure you arrive two hours before your surgery time.
  • Make sure you have someone to take you home after surgery.

The vast majority of the patients will have this surgery as an outpatient and will go home the same day. You will need to be on a light diet that is low in fat and cholesterol for about 2 days after surgery so that you can recover from the anesthesia. We recommend a diet low in fat and cholesterol always but try to follow this for about 4 weeks after surgery to help the recovery process. Typically, after recovery there are no dietary restrictions.

The pain from surgery will slowly subside over a few weeks and you will be able to return to your daily activities. Return to work and regular activities is dependent on each patient. For a full list of discharge instructions from this surgery please refer to our discharge instructions.

Contact us at 909-398-4895 to make an appointment to visit us and discuss your treatment plan.