Surgery is rarely the first-line treatment for most medical conditions because of the risks. But sometimes surgery is necessary. With advances in surgical tools and techniques, surgery is becoming less risky.
Robotic surgery is one of the latest advancements in surgical medicine and has many benefits.
At Transform Bariatrics in Greenbelt, Rockville, and Silver Spring, Maryland, our general surgeon, Dr. Hitesh P. Amin, uses robotic surgery to perform various procedures, including weight loss and gallbladder surgery.
Here, we want to share some of the benefits of robotic surgery.
Despite how it sounds, robotic surgery isn’t done by robots. But it does use robotic technology.
During robotic surgery, our surgeon sits at a special console and uses a handheld device to control robotic arms that use surgical instruments to perform the procedure. These robotic arms mimic the exact movements of our surgeon, performing procedures through very small incisions.
This means less surgical scarring for you. With traditional open surgery, our surgeon makes a large incision through your abdomen to gain access to your internal organs. With robotic surgery, the surgeon uses special surgical cameras to see your internal organs and then performs procedures using tiny surgical tools inserted through small incisions.
Depending on the type of surgery you need and your medical history, you may spend some time at the hospital during the early stages of your recovery for monitoring.
Because robotic surgery incisions cause less damage, we may send you home sooner than if you had traditional open surgery. You may even get to go home the same day.
Smaller incisions with less body damage mean a faster recovery. Though recovery from surgery depends on many factors, the technique used to perform your procedure when using robotic tools may shorten the time you need to take off from work and other activities.
For example, recovery from open gallbladder surgery may take up to eight weeks, while recovery following a minimally invasive approach may take only two weeks.
Pain is expected following surgery, which can affect recovery. Robotic surgery causes less damage to the body, so you’re likely to experience less post-surgical pain.
Robotic surgery offers many benefits to patients but also benefits your surgeon. Our surgeon can perform more complex procedures with better precision and flexibility when using robot-assisted tools to perform your surgery.
Ultimately, these surgical advantages benefit you because it means better overall outcomes.
Though robotic surgery has many benefits, it’s not the right approach for all patients or procedures. Our general surgeon always customizes surgical plans so patients get the best possible outcomes.
Do you want to know more about robotic surgery and how it might benefit you? Call or request an appointment online today at the nearest office to schedule a consultation with our surgeon.