Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses a computer-assisted technology to aid in surgical procedures. Rather than operating on patients through large incisions, surgeons use miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of small incisions to reduce scarring, post-operative pain and recovery time.
Medical technology has come a long way — so far that we may now use robotic "hands" to assist surgeons during complex and delicate procedures. Robotic surgery includes three arms that allow the surgeon to hold and manipulate high-precision instruments, plus one more arm to hold and position the high-resolution, 3-D endoscope.
The surgeon is seated at a separate console and controls the high-precision instruments by viewing the operative site through high-resolution 3-D imaging. This provides excellent visualization to better control the instruments in the abdominal cavity and a broader range of motion at the instrument tip than is possible with traditional laparoscopy and even greater than the human hand. Robotic-assisted surgery allows a surgeon to perform the same quality of operation as traditional, open surgery through smaller incisions, typically with less pain, less bleeding and a faster recovery for the patient.
MultiCare Deaconess Hospital proudly offers this advanced treatment option to patients close to home with robotic capabilities that give our doctors and nurses a high-tech helping hand.
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Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks and benefits of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation.