Robotic surgery is not just science fiction. Robotic surgery is a technique that allows a physician to perform an operation using a computer that remotely controls tiny instruments attached to a robot. While it is still considered to be in its infancy, robotic surgery has a very exciting and promising future.
Good Samaritan Medical Center offers robotic surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System. Doctors use the system’s robotic hands to perform surgical tasks. At Good Samaritan Medical Center, surgeons can use the robotic surgical system for procedures such as coronary artery bypass, knee surgery, hip replacement, kidney removal, hysterectomy, mitral valve repair, fundoplication, gallbladder removal, radical prostatectomy and tubal ligation.
Throughout these procedures, physicians sit comfortably at the da Vinci® console. They direct the tiny robotic-like instruments to make small incisions that typically cause less trauma on the body. The system filters and translates the surgeon’s hand movements into micro-movements of the instruments. At the same time, doctors can view a 3D image of the surgical site on a high-definition monitor by inserting a miniaturized camera into the patient.
Robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopic surgery, where instruments are inserted through small incisions and the physician can view images on a two-dimensional video monitor. However, laparoscopic surgery is challenging because the physician must look at the monitor and move the instruments at the same time. During robotic surgery, the physician has a better view of the area being operated on, sits in a more comfortable position, and can move in a more natural way.
Potential Benefits of Robotic Assisted Surgeries May Include:
- Significantly less pain
- Decrease in blood loss
- Less scarring
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter Recovery Time
- Faster return to normal daily activities
- Better clinical outcomes
Good Samaritan Medical Center is proud to offer the da Vinci® Surgical System to our patients and our community. For more information about robotic surgery being performed at Good Samaritan Medical Center please call us at 561.650.6023.