Robotic Surgery

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When it comes to surgical outcomes, the right team makes all the difference. With over 20 specially trained surgeons in a variety of specialties, The Robotic Surgical Institute at Good Samaritan Medical Center offers some of the latest advancements in minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgical procedures to our community.

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By using a da Vinci® robot, surgeons are able to perform complex surgeries with precision and control that is not possible with bare hands. The surgery system uses a small camera and instruments inserted through small incisions. While looking at a 3-D image of the surgical site, your surgeon controls the system with his or her movements translated as precise micro-movements. Unlike laparoscopic surgery, your doctor has a better view and can remain in a more comfortable position, which means more natural movements, leading to an improved experience for you.

Robotic surgery is performed with just a few tiny incisions, which means patients may experience less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and quicker recovery times.

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The best candidates are individuals who have not had many abdominal surgeries. However, those who have had their appendix or gallbladder removed, or had an inguinal hernia repair, may still be a candidate. Patients with significant cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases may require an extensive cardiac and medical clearance before being considered.

Is Robotic Surgery Right for you?

Talk with your doctor to find out if you are a candidate for robotic surgery. Here are some things to consider when deciding if a robotic procedure could be the right choice for you:

  • You want to avoid having a large or multiple incisions that could cause scarring.
  • You do not want a long hospital stay.
  • You want to minimize blood loss and avoid the need for a blood transfusion during surgery.
  • You would prefer to limit the amount and duration of pain medications following surgery.
  • You want to minimize the risk of infection following surgery.
  • You want to know about surgical options that may provide better overall clinical outcomes and quicker return to everyday activities.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all your options, including some of the most non-invasive surgical treatments available using robotic surgery. Some of the potential benefits of this type of surgery include:

  • 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

What to Expect During and After Robotic Surgery

What to Expect During da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery has been around for several years now, but many people still have questions as to when it is used, how it works, and what to expect.

Robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to be more precise and enhances their ability to perform complex, minimally invasive surgery. The best candidates are individuals who have not had many abdominal surgeries. However, those who have had their appendix or gallbladder removed, or had an inguinal hernia repair, may still be a candidate.

The da Vinci system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate – allowing far greater movement than is possible with the human hand alone. It translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments. That means your surgeon can perform minimally invasive procedures that involve complex dissection or reconstruction.

What to Expect After Robotic Surgery

Once you’ve had your procedure, you will be monitored in the recovery room. Many patients only spend one night in the hospital. You may experience some soreness from the surgery and should ask the staff for pain medication as needed. Be sure to discuss with your physician and care team about what you should expect immediately after surgery.

Once you are ready for discharge, you’ll receive instructions. Pain and soreness should resolve over the course of days or weeks, and pain medication should be taken as needed. At home, make sure to stay hydrated and eat a bland diet with small, frequent meals. It is also important to walk several times per day, increasing the distance each time.

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