Advantages for Physicians
The robotic surgery system is an improvement over conventional laparoscopy, in which the surgeon operates while standing and uses hand-held, long-shafted instruments that cannot bend or rotate. With conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon must look up and away from the instruments to a nearby video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy.
The system also extends our surgeon's capabilities to provide these significant benefits:
- Enhanced 3-D Visualization
- Improved Dexterity
- Greater Surgical Precision
- Improved Access
- Increased Range of Motion
- Reproducibility — Enhances the surgeon’s ability to repetitively perform technically precise maneuvers such as endoscopic suturing and dissection.
Advantages for Patients
There are many potential benefits for patient when comparing robotic surgery to traditional open surgery, including:
- Smaller incisions for minimal scarring
- Patients Heal Faster: After an open hysterectomy, patients are in the hospital two to four days and need six to eight weeks to recover. In comparison, women who have a robotic hysterectomy are ready to go home in 24 hours or less, and are back to normal activities within two weeks.
- Less Pain: The amount of post-surgical pain is dramatically reduced. With robotic procedures, most patients stop using oral narcotics within 24 hours.
- The Risk of Complications is Typically Reduced: Patients who have robotic surgery are up and moving around much sooner, as a result the risk of blood clots — particularly in the legs — is greatly reduced.