Robot-Assisted Surgery: An Option for Minimally Invasive Surgery?

September 20, 2022 8:42 am Published by

Most surgeries once meant a lengthy stay in the hospital and a long recovery. These days, though, minimally invasive surgery helps you get back to normal life more quickly. Robot-assisted surgery, also known as robotic surgery, is a sophisticated type of minimally invasive surgery that is designed to enhance benefits and outcomes.

What Is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

If your medical provider recommends you undergo surgery, he or she will talk you through the recommended options for your specific needs. You’ll learn what to expect before, during and after the procedure.

As part of that discussion, your provider may mention minimally invasive procedures. These surgeries allow surgeons to use same actions as traditional endoscopic surgery with less impact on a patient’s body.

During a minimally invasive procedure, a surgeon uses intricate instruments to make tiny incisions, often a half-inch or less in size. Because these incisions are smaller, recovery time is shorter and it’s less likely you’ll experience excessive blood loss, infections and other complications associated with open surgery. Advanced techniques also allow surgeons to remove parts of the body or make repairs largely without touching unaffected tissues.

Magnolia Regional Health Center offers multiple types of minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic surgery for gynecological issues, gallbladder removal, orthopedic procedures, and procedures related to the ear, nose and throat.

What Is Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery doesn’t mean that a robot is performing a surgical procedure. The surgeon is always in control, but technology provides assistance and specialized capabilities.

During such a procedure, a surgeon makes small incisions in the patient’s body, then inserts tiny instruments and a small camera through those incisions. The camera inside the body provides an unparalleled view of the affected area in greater detail than the naked eye can see.

The surgeon stands at a console and guides the instruments inside the body in real-time as the surgeon monitors their movements on a screen. Because the instruments are inside the patient instead of the surgeon’s hands, the surgeon makes a minimal impact on surrounding tissue when operating. In addition, the surgeon has a greater range of motion and can make precise movements in hard-to-reach parts of the body.

Is Robot-Assisted Surgery an Option for Me?

Your surgeon will determine whether robotic surgery is an option based on your overall health, the type of surgical procedure and other factors. Even if robot-assisted surgery is not an option for you, a minimally invasive procedure may be possible.

You don’t have to travel far to access excellence in surgical care. Magnolia Regional Health Center offers a full spectrum of surgical services, including robotic surgery.

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