Robotic surgery has many benefits for patients, including fewer complications and a faster recovery time
Robotic surgery? Patients who hear this for the first time may be wary, thinking that their surgery is performed by a robot. More accurately, robotic surgery is actually surgery that is 100% under the control of our Round Rock obgyns. It is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows surgeons to use state-of-the-art technology for many gynecological surgeries, and it is technology which he or she controls from a console.
What happens during robotic surgery?
During robotic surgery, the patient receives anesthesia, and the surgeon makes one or more small incisions which allow him or her to insert the instruments and camera. During surgery, your Round Rock obgyn sits at a special console with a monitor that projects the surgical field. The console is the command center where your obgyn controls the camera and instruments used during surgery.
Robotic arms hold the instruments during robotic surgery, and there is a camera on one of the arms. This state-of-the-art camera provides the surgeon with an extremely detailed, 3D view of the surgical field. The robotic surgery system also includes instruments that are articulated like a human wrist but with greater range of motion. The surgical instruments very often are able to flex, rotate and bend with greater dexterity than a surgeon’s own hand.
What are the benefits?
Robotic surgery offers the same benefits as other minimally invasive techniques.
- Fewer post-surgical complications such as infections at the surgical site
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Faster recovery than traditional, open surgeries
- Incision sites that leave much smaller, less noticeable scars than traditional, open surgeries
Robotic surgery allows our Round Rock obgyns to operate at an ergonomically designed console, minimizing the muscle strain and fatigue that some surgeons may experience during non-robotic surgery.
The daVinci® Surgical System was approved by the FDA in 2000. Our Round Rock obgyns use this system to perform surgeries for cervical and uterine cancer, pelvic organ prolapse (POP), endometriosis and uterine and vaginal fibroids. Not everyone is a candidate for robotic surgery, but our surgeons will help patients find the best option for their conditions.
Robotic surgery is an effective tool our physicians use to improve gynecological health issues
No woman wants to hear the word “surgery,” and we understand the anxiety that it can create; however, our patients can rest assured that they are in the care of highly trained and skilled surgeons who take advantage of the most up-to-date surgical techniques when caring for our patients. Contact our Round Rock obgyns today to learn more about robotic surgery.