3 Questions You May Have About Robot-Assisted Surgery
In robot-assisted surgery, surgeons use an mechanical arm and wrist, allowing them to perform complex medical procedures with great precision, using a minimally invasive approach.
A robot performing surgery may sound futuristic, but it’s not really new.
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Robot-assisted surgery uses a mechanical arm and wrist to mimic a surgeon’s movement while the surgeon’s hands control the movement and placement of surgical instruments, says surgeon Michael Gong, MD.
Unlike traditional open surgery, robotic surgery requires only four to five small, button-hole-size incisions. Through these incisions, a surgeon uses a powerful, high-precision endoscope – a tiny camera – and specialized surgical instruments.
“Robot-assisted surgery provides surgeons with all of the clinical and technical capabilities of traditional open surgery while enabling them to operate through only a few tiny incisions,” Dr. Gong says.
Here are three questions you may have about robot-assisted surgery:
Patients can benefit from robot-assisted surgery — it allows surgeons to perform complex medical procedures with great precision using a minimally invasive approach.
Patient benefits include:
“There are no specific criteria a patient must meet to be a candidate for robot-assisted surgery,” Dr. Gong says. “Almost all patients who are planning to have surgery qualify.”
Robot-assisted surgery uses leading-edge technology to help physicians to better serve their patients. For surgeons, the advantages include: