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Advanced, computer-enhanced technologies provide new alternatives to surgical procedures. Robot-assisted surgery is a special form of minimally invasive surgery that uses the da Vinci surgical system.
Essentially, the robot is a laparoscopic tool. As in traditional laparoscopy, robot-assisted surgery requires only a few small (0.5 to 1.5 cm) incisions through which a tiny camera and surgical instruments are inserted. Instead of manually controlling those instruments, the surgeon operates from a control console a few feet away while viewing the surgical field on a high-resolution monitor. Robotic arms equipped with endoscopes respond to the precise movements of the surgeon’s hands.
Robot-assisted surgery has significant advantages over traditional laparoscopic and open surgical techniques:
Most importantly, robot-assisted surgery is associated with improved patient outcomes and less pain, blood loss, scarring and time to recuperate.
Robotic-assisted MIS is used for a wide range of conditions in multiple specialties including:
Read more about the conditions treated using minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery.
Dr. Christopher Kane, chief of the division of urology, talks to KUSI News about robot-assisted surgery to treat prostate cancer.
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