How Does it Work?
Similar to laparoscopic surgery in that it is minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedures use special equipment that includes an operating console for the surgeon, precision-guided robotic arms that are inserted through keyhole-sized incisions, and a small video camera that provides magnified, 3-D images of the gynecological site. The camera enables doctors to see the blood vessels, nerve bundles and organs (such as the bladder, rectum and ureters) adjacent to the operating area. The robotic arms, with full 360-degree rotation capabilities, allow surgical instruments to move with exactitude, flexibility and a range of motion that cannot be accomplished with standard laparoscopy. Robotic-assisted procedures usually are done under general anesthesia. Most patients experience only a small blood loss and blood transfusions are uncommonly needed. Gynecology oncology patients typically spend one or two nights in the hospital and are usually discharged when they are able to tolerate regular food, walk without assistance, and have pain that is controlled with pain pills.
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Patients typically experience significantly less pain and less blood loss than those undergoing conventional “open-incision” procedures. Patients typically enjoy quicker recovery times. Additionally, studies suggest that the robotic-assisted system provides surgeons with a superior tool that allows for the precise removal of lymph nodes during cancer operations, when compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches. The robotic system also allows your surgeon better visualization of the anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder, blood vessels and other internal organs. This allows surgeons to perform radical cancer surgeries and help overcome challenges associated with adhesions from previous operations.