The science of surgery is always changing. More than ever before, you have options for minimally invasive surgical procedures – including robotic surgery for gallbladder, hernia repair and colon resection. Just as with other emerging technologies, robotic surgery has advanced through careful planning and intense education. As the technology evolves, so will the type of surgeries that can be performed using this method.
I saw the advantages of robotic surgery and became an early adopter of the technology, believing it would continue to advance and lead to better outcomes and quicker recovery. Robotic hernia repair is the fastest growing procedure in robotics because of the enhanced visualization and the ability to work in a confined space.
Improvements in the surgical instruments and robotics’ software are overcoming some of the challenges with traditional and laparoscopic procedures. Surgeons continue to learn how the robot can be used most effectively to provide a safer procedure, with fewer incisions, less pain and a faster recovery.
During any robotic procedure, the robot translates the surgeon’s movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. Because the robot’s wristed instruments can move in 360-degree rotations, the robot’s hands can move inside a tiny space that human hand could never reach.
With any robotic procedure, the surgeon is in complete control. Patients who undergo robotic-assisted surgical procedures typically experience shorter hospital stays, reduced rates of complications, less blood loss, minimal scarring and quicker return to normal activities compared to open procedures. At CHI Memorial, you can trust the most skilled surgeons – using the most advanced technology – to provide exceptional surgical care.
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