Learning About Robotic Surgery
When surgery is needed, first thoughts often run to the success of the surgery, pain levels, potential complications, and how much time off from work is required. Choosing robotic surgery for minimally invasive procedures has advantages such as improving the surgeon’s field of vision and mobility via the robot’s hands while minimizing surgeon fatigue. With medical advancements in technology over the past decade, patients undergo the lowest risk. With robotic-arm-assisted procedures, patients experience faster recovery time, fewer complications, and minimal scarring.
A short road to recovery
Since robotic-assisted surgery procedures are generally less invasive, patients enjoy a shorter recovery timeline. By making minimal incisions rather than the standard, more invasive open surgery, patients lose less blood overall and recover faster. The 3D visualization and precision control of surgical instruments help limit the physical toll on patients. With traditional surgery, 2D visualization is used to understand the body part. Robotic-assisted surgery is particularly beneficial for surgeries for which there is no less invasive choice. Procedures such as prostate removal and other complex cancer surgeries benefit from the robot’s flexibility and precision.
With traditional surgery, the risk of infection is consistently a factor when a procedure requires keeping parts of the body exposed for extended periods. Robotic-assisted surgery allows surgeons to complete procedures with tiny incisions, lowering the likelihood of post-op complications. Patients often have less pain, need less pain medication and require fewer physical therapy sessions than traditional surgery
Improved success rates
With the robot’s increased precision, doctors can use robotic-arm assisted surgery to complete operations in difficult-to-access areas. The robotic system allows for more accuracy boosting successful outcomes. Combined, the increased precision and lowered risk of human error produce less scarring for the patient.
Benefits of robotic over traditional
Both robot-assisted and traditional surgeries have good projected long-term outcomes. All surgeries come with risks and benefits. But robotic-assisted surgery typically has fewer complications and a lower risk of infection. Robot-assisted surgery often means patients have an easier and faster recovery.