What is Robotic-Assisted Surgery?
Robotic surgery has been successfully used in thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide. But only you and your doctor can decide whether this approach is right for you. Our surgeon, Dr. Graham, is specially trained to perform a growing number of procedures with the assistance of this advanced surgical technology.
A robotic surgery system enhances our surgeon’s skills by enabling complex, major surgery through a few small incisions.
To perform surgery with this technology, Dr. Graham will sit at a console in the operating room – only a few feet away from the you. He is guided by vibrant, 3D images that magnify the surgical site. This allows him to more clearly see your internal organs.
At the console, he will use hand and foot controls to precisely manipulate each of the robot’s four arms and the tiny surgical instruments they hold – similar to a video game. The robotic technology enables surgeries to repair or remove diseased organs with minimal trauma to the patient’s body.
The robot cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. Dr. Graham will remain in the operating room during the entire procedure.
In the hands of our good surgeon, the robotic surgery system can significantly benefit patients. Here are some of the advantages:
- Faster recovery; shorter hospital stay
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Small incisions and minimal scarring
- Reduced pain
- Fewer complications
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Reduced time between surgery and additional therapy, i.e. chemotherapy
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary.