Robotic Surgery: What Is It and How Does It Work?

robotic surgery machine, muskegon surgical associatesTechnology has advanced phenomenally over the last few decades, and robotic surgery is a perfect example. Since its inception in 1985, it has proven to be very successful. Robot-assisted surgery allows our surgeons to perform various types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with traditional techniques. 

This type of surgery can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, and is performed through just a few small incisions. Because it’s minimally invasive, it offers a variety of benefits. Keep reading to learn how it works and what type of robotic surgeries are performed here at MSA

How Does Robotic Surgery Work?

When performing robotic surgeries at Muskegon Surgical Associates, we use a machine called the da Vinci Surgical System, the most widely used clinical robotic surgical system.

Here’s how it works: the system features a camera and mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached to them that can bend and rotate far more than the human hand. The instruments are controlled by one of our surgeons from a computer console, which provides a magnified, 3 dimensional, HD view of the surgical site inside the patient’s body. How amazing is that?

The biggest benefit is that it sends real-time images that are highly magnified with excellent resolution, much more advanced than what your surgeon would see performing a surgery standing over you. This results in more precision and control. 

Advantages to Robotic Surgery

Our patients experience a number of advantages when utilizing robotic surgery including:

  • Fewer complications, including infection at the surgical site
  • Less pain and bleeding
  • A faster recovery time
  • Smaller scars that are less noticeable compared to open surgery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • A quicker return to their daily routine

Our surgeons also see a number of added benefits for themselves including greater range of motion, a highly-magnified close up of the operation, and overall better access to the operation area.

Like any surgery, there are always possible risks involved such as infection or bleeding. Every case is different and what one patient experiences another may not. One thing to keep in mind is that with any surgical procedure, our team of surgeons are highly trained, experienced, and educated. At MSA, providing safe and quality care is our top priority.

What Type of Robotic Surgeries are Performed at MSA?

There have been many conditions we have successfully treated through the use of robotic surgery. Below is a list of just a few of the robotic procedures we perform.

  • Gallbladder – Removal of gallstones.
  • Hernia – Correction of muscle or tissue breaking through the organ containing it.
  • Colorectal – Removal of cancerous tumors in colon or rectum.
  • Paraesophageal – Repair of  a hiatal hernia in which the stomach bulges up into the chest
    through the opening where the esophagus is supposed to attach.
  • Adrenal – Repair or removal of a damaged adrenal gland.

While robotic surgery might not be for everyone, our team of surgeons would love to meet with you to discuss your options, talk about the risks and benefits of each, and determine if a robotic procedure would be the best course of action for you. If you have questions on robotic surgery or an upcoming procedure, feel free to schedule a consultation by visiting our website or calling us at 231-739-9461.

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