Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery

Surgeons at Rancho Springs Medical Center were the first in the region to use the da Vinci®  Surgical System. This advanced robotic platform allows doctors to perform complex procedures using smaller incisions than standard surgery with tiny, precision tools operated robotically. This may result in less pain, scarring, trauma and blood loss than other surgical procedures so that patients can potentially return to work and daily activities more quickly. 

Robotic techniques are used at Rancho Springs in general, gynecologic and urologic surgery, for procedures such as hysterectomies, nephrectomies (removal of part of, one or both kidneys), prostatectomies (removal of the prostate gland) and removal of the gallbladder 

The da Vinci® Surgical System consists of a surgeon's console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D, high-definition vision system and the system's EndoWrist® instruments. Using advanced robotic technology, the da Vinci System is designed to translate a surgeon's hand movements into precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments.

Minimally-Invasive and Robotic Advantages

Both robotic surgery and laparaoscopic surgery are known as minimally invasive procedures. In both procedures, small incisions are used, which may result in less post-operative pain, reduced blood loss, less need for blood transfusions and a potentially faster recovery time. The two major drawbacks of conventional laparoscopy (without the use of robotic instrumentation) are that it relies on the use of rigid, hand-held instruments, and visualization is provided by a standard 2D video monitor rather than a 3D field. While standard laparoscopic surgery is performed using small incisions, the surgeon's depth of field, dexterity and precision may be variable.

  • Potential benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery over open surgery include:
  • Shorter hospital stay (one day in most cases versus three to five days)
  • Significantly less pain post-operatively (often only over-the-counter pain medications are required)
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities (one to two weeks versus six to eight weeks)
  • Fewer complications and less risk of infection
  • Less scarring: Small, dime-sized incisions versus a six- to eight-inch scar.

Best Candidates

Not all procedures can be done robotically, and not all patients are candidates for procedures that can be performed robotically. The best candidates for robotic surgery are chosen on an individual basis by your doctor. Ask whether or not your diagnosis and situation will lend itself to robotic surgery. 

Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.
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