Do you need to undergo a surgical procedure, but you’re concerned about the recovery time, scarring, and potential complications? These are just some of the reasons that robotic surgery was created. Approximately 1.2 million robotic procedures were performed in the United States alone in 2020, and that number is only increasing.

At Orlando Minimally Invasive Surgery, Chetan J. Patel, M.D., FACS, founder and board-certified surgeon, specializes in minimally invasive robotic surgery and uses this technique for a variety of surgeries, including gallbladder removal, hernia repair, bariatric surgery, appendix removal, and more. 

Explore how minimally invasive robotic surgery offers patients the benefits of less pain, reduced scarring, and quicker recovery in this blog.

The Orlando Surgery team specializes in robotic and minimally invasive surgery.

What is Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where surgeons use advanced robotic systems to perform surgery through tiny incisions in a patient’s body. These robotic systems feature a high-definition three-dimensional camera along with small surgical instruments. Unlike traditional open surgery, which requires a single large incision, robotic surgery allows for multiple small incisions.

The significance of innovative robotic surgery becomes even more evident when you consider that, over the past 20 years, robotic surgery has gone from a novel concept to mainstream medical practice, with surgeons using robotic systems to treat a wide range of complex conditions.

A notable feature of robotic surgery is the use of robotic arms to support the surgical instruments. These robotic arms have an extensive range of motion and precision, closely mimicking the surgeon’s hand movements. In addition, and when required, another robotic arm holds a high-definition camera, which significantly enhances the surgeon’s visualization of the surgical site, magnifying tissue and structures tenfold.

What Are the Benefits of Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery offers many benefits, often making it a preferred choice for patients and surgeons. These benefits include:

  • Greater range of motion and dexterity for the surgeon.
  • Highly magnified, high-resolution images of the operating field.
  • Improved access to the surgical area.
  • Fewer complications during surgery.
  • Shorter hospital stays.
  • Lower risk of infection.
  • Reduced blood loss and fewer blood transfusions.
  • Minimized postoperative pain.
  • Quicker return to daily routines

How Does the Robotic Surgical System Work?

To understand how robotic surgery works, consider it a highly advanced system to enhance a surgeon’s capabilities. During a robotic-assisted procedure, the surgeon takes control from a nearby console resembling a giant computer. The surgeon directs the operation from this console by manipulating the robotic instruments. The robotic system then translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist, and finger movements into real-time movements of the instruments inside the patient’s body. This translation is performed with incredible accuracy, allowing for surgical precision and operative control.

Using finger and foot controls, all four robotic arms are controled while looking through a stereoscopic, high-definition monitor. The camera’s view of the surgical area is highly magnified with exceptional resolution, ensuring the surgeon can perform the procedure with unparalleled precision.

What Conditions Does Robotic Surgery Treat?

Robotic surgery is optimal for treating various medical conditions, making it a versatile and transformative approach to healthcare. Some conditions effectively treated with robotic surgery include:

From complex heart surgeries to minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, the applications of robotic surgery continue to expand, providing patients with advanced medical solutions.

So, is robotic surgery the future of minimally invasive medicine? Robot-assisted surgery has expanded its reach to effectively treat various medical conditions, providing patients with a versatile and transformative approach to their well-being without undergoing open surgery. 

Your well-being is our top priority, and we’re here to help you on your path to recovery and better health. Have more questions about robot-assisted surgeries in Orlando? 

Our expert team is ready to guide you through your medical journey, ensuring you receive the best care possible. Make an appointment today to schedule a consultation and see if robotic surgery can change your healthcare experience.