What Is Robotic Surgery?

A common misconception is that the robot performs the surgery. It does not. Rather, it allows a laparoscopic surgeon to perform a minimally invasive procedure with greater visual accuracy and manual dexterity. This is because the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System uses haptic technology to mimic the surgeon’s actions and translate their deliberate movements into scaled-down and precise motions. This enables the use of smaller, miniature surgical tools by the robotic arms and quicker completion of surgery.

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Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery has many benefits for a range of laparoscopic procedures, including:

  • Less time is needed in the operating room
  • Fewer days in the hospital for recovery
  • Minimized blood loss during and after robotic surgery
  • Helps avoid the need for blood transfusion
  • Less soft tissue and nerve trauma
  • Reduced post-surgical pain means less need for narcotic pain medications
  • Tiny incision size and precision suturing create the smallest, least visible surgical scars
  • Low incidence of wound infection
  • Faster wound healing
  • Lower level of patient stress
  • Reduced surgical complications
  • Less time spent recovering
  • Better outcomes

How Robotic Surgery Works

During a robotic surgery procedure, the surgeon is seated at a console several feet from the patient and controls the da Vinci Surgical System. This system includes an arm with a camera and one or more mechanical arms that hold the surgical instruments. The surgeon controls these arms and the console provides a magnified, high-definition, 3D view of the treatment site.1

Because Dr. Atwa is seated throughout the procedure, there is less arm, finger, and hand fatigue which allows for increased focus and endurance, and less eye fatigue which translates into improved microsurgery results. Furthermore, Dr. Atwa’s field of vision at the surgical site is much-improved thanks to a magnified 3D view.

FAQs About Robotic Surgery

Does health insurance cover robotic surgery?

The answer is that robotic surgery is considered minimally invasive surgery because it uses laparoscopic techniques to complete surgical procedures. Because of this, insurance that covers minimally invasive surgical procedures usually includes robotic surgery, as well.

What kind of procedures can the da Vinci Robotic System perform?

This robotic platform is designed to enable surgeons to perform all types of complex laparoscopic procedures including general, bariatric, urologic, thoracoscopic, gynecologic, cardiac procedures, and more.

Is the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System FDA approved?

The da Vinci robotic surgery system has been cleared by the FDA, which means that the medical device has proven to be effective and safe in its intended use.

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