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Robotic Surgery – Defying the Myths

By Adam P. Kramer, D. O. –

Robotic SurgeryLearning that you may need to have a surgical procedure can be quite frightening. In the past, this meant that you would need to have a large incision and an extended hospital stay to recover. In the 1980s, minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures were developed that allowed patients to have similar operative procedures done through smaller incisions, which led to faster recovery and less pain. The progression of laparoscopic surgery is now becoming more sophisticated with the introduction of Robotic Assisted technology. This technology allows surgeons to perform a wide range of surgical procedures with more precision. This tool enhances the surgeon’s ability to perform complex operations while minimizing adverse effects. The robot extends the surgeon’s range of motion and reach, allowing surgeons to operate deep within the body with unparalleled accuracy. The robotic system includes a surgeon’s console, a robotic cart with four arms controlled by the surgeon and a high definition, three-dimensional camera. The surgeon performs operations by making small incisions and placing tubes into the body. Instruments are placed through the tubes and attached to the robotic arms. Sitting at the console nearby, the surgeon, using both foot and hand controls, moves the instruments and camera, performing the same procedures as with open procedures but with more precision.

Enhanced Features of Robotic Technology
The enhanced features of robotic technology allow surgeons to perform very complex procedures exceeding the limitations of other surgical procedures. Features of robotic surgery include:
. High definition, three-dimensional cameras that magnify images to 10 times greater than what the human eye can see
. Instruments that provide precision and range of motion greater than that of a human hand
. Exceptional control – the surgeon controls all movements of the instruments and camera throughout the procedure
. Safeguards that protect patients from uncontrolled movements
. Firefly technology that allows surgeons to view blood flow and structures to prevent adverse events during surgery.

Less Pain, Faster Recovery, Less Scarring
Robotic surgery has also allowed surgeons to perform some procedures through a single, small incision called single-site procedures. The increased visualization and precise hand movements allow surgeons to complete these procedures quickly and safely. Patients have less pain and faster recovery with less scarring. The most frequently performed single-site surgery is gallbladder removal which is usually performed as an outpatient.

To learn more, please call Advanced Surgical Associates at 816-246-0800 or visit our website at www.asakc.com.

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