Technology has made way for many strides in the field of medicine, and robotic surgery involves both some of the most advanced technology and some of the most profound benefits. Robotic surgery offers improvements in urologic procedures such as prostatectomy and others.
In a typical robotic surgery scenario, the surgeon is sitting comfortably at a robotics console. Tiny incisions are made to allow the surgeon to maneuver an advanced three-dimensional camera and very small surgical tools inside the patient’s body. The camera provides magnified and detailed views, while the surgeon uses controls at the console to move the robotic arms attached to the surgical instruments. It all adds up to a minimally invasive surgical experience for the patient, along with benefits that include:
- Cutting-edge precision. The enhanced views and greater control over movement gives surgeons the ability to perform procedures with incredible precision. In a procedure such as the prostatectomy, where the prostate is removed from an area of the body that is very near nerves related to urinary control and sexual function, this is of vital importance.
- Less pain, blood loss and scarring. Because robotic surgery is minimally invasive, it results in less pain, bleeding, and scarring than traditional surgery.
- Faster recovery. Because the incisions are so small and the trauma experienced by the body is less than that of traditional surgery, patients recover more quickly and spend less time in the hospital.
- Better outcomes. Due to increased precision, quicker healing, decreased risk of infection, and other benefits of robotic surgery, the medical outcomes of robotic surgery patients are better than that of patients who have traditional surgery. In the case of prostatectomy, for example, it often means that the patient retains better urinary control and sexual function that that of someone who has the procedure done by traditional surgical means.
At St. Petersburg General Hospital our urological specialists use the latest robotic surgery tools to give patients the best outcomes possible. For more information, please visit us online or call 1-888-741-5122.
Urology (da Vinci Surgery)