The evolution of surgical techniques has led us to the most innovative and safe way of performing minimally invasive surgery. Widely known as robotic surgery or, more precisely, robot-assisted operation since the robotic platforms are entirely controlled by a highly qualified surgeon. Surgeons that utilize this kind of system can perform a large variety of simple to complex cases with more precision, stability, and control compared to traditional laparoscopy and open surgery.
Robotic systems assist surgeons in achieving better and safer for the patient outcomes since they minimize post-op pain, blood loss, and surgical complications. The FDA approved since 2005 robotic systems manage to preserve all the advantages of traditional laparoscopic surgery while overcoming its limitations. Robotic surgery offers 3D vision, articulated movement of instruments, significantly less surgeon fatigue, the filter of human tremor movement, and the ability to operate on low intrabdominal pressure. These advantages result in seamless translation of surgeons’ movements into precise surgical steps with extremely gentle tissue handling and accuracy that enhances human capabilities.
Smaller Incisions and Less Trauma
Higher Surgical Accuracy
Reduced Surgeon Fatigue
All these advantages result in a much shorter recovery period (2-3 weeks) since straight with 0 degrees freedom instrument motions, surgeons fatigue, and limited 2D vision are eliminated, causing less surgical trauma. Surgical results at the end of the day are superior, both clinically and cosmetically.
Robotic surgery utilizes as traditional laparoscopy tiny incisions for robotic instruments to enter the abdominal cavity. The vast majority of patients stay overnight in the hospital, and depending on the type of surgery might need a few days post-op to be fit to fly abroad.
More than 6.000.000 patients have had surgery through robot-assisted surgery since 2005. We are now using the 4th generation of the robotic system much more versatile and safe than the previous ones. More than 18.000 peer-reviewed articles have been published providing evidence-based clinical data. Pioneer surgical centers have adopted these techniques and acquired surgical robots leading to the performance of the vast majority of procedures nowadays in the USA in gynecology, urology and general surgery to be done robotically assisted.
Robotic Surgical System
The current equipment is known as the da Vinci Xi model, which is manufactured by Intuitive surgical, California USA. There are four main components to da Vinci: the surgeon console, patient-side cart, Endo Wrist Instruments, and Vision System with high-resolution 3D Endoscope and Image Processing Equipment. The surgeon sits at the console several feet away from the operating table, where he gets a magnified three- dimensional image of the surgical field with a real-time progression of the instruments. The latest version of the system has four arms, which are much sleeker and have a wider range of motion.
The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, We must remember that robot is there to facilitate surgery, and it may not reduce the inherent potential complications associated with any surgery, anesthesia, and equipment failure. The future of surgery is already here!
Surgeons dedicated to performing minimally invasive procedures are committed to personalized treatment for every individual patient. Robotic-assisted procedures are considered safe and effective. It is appropriate for most patients, but not for all.
If you are a surgical candidate for robotic surgery, skilled robotic surgeons with high-end equipment will be able to offer you treatment and relief of your symptoms.