Robotic surgery is among the latest innovations in the surgical field. Also known as robot-assisted
surgery, this specialized equipment allows surgeons to perform minimally
invasive surgeries with superior visualization, as compared to surgeries
performed with traditional laparoscopic instruments. Currently, some of
the most common robotic surgeries performed today include gynecologic
and urologic surgeries. However, this technology is sometimes available
for other fields, such as orthopedics.
Which Types of Procedures Are Available?
The types of procedures that may be performed with robotic systems can
vary from hospital to hospital. In general, robot-assisted surgery may
be appropriate for gynecologic surgeries such as:
Additionally, robotic surgery technology can be used for a range of urologic
procedures, including the following:
These are just a few examples. Robotic surgery systems may also be used
to perform cardiac, thoracic, colorectal, head and neck, and general surgeries.
How Does the Surgeon Operate the Equipment?
One of the most common misconceptions about robotic surgery is that a robot
is in control of the surgical procedure. In fact, the robotic instruments
do not make any movements unless directed to do so by the surgeon. At
all times during the procedure, the surgeon is seated at a console, which
is close to the patient on the operating table. At the console, the surgeon
uses miniature, wristed instruments to precisely control the surgical
instruments in real time. The equipment provides 3D visualization of the
surgical field, which is vastly superior to visualization with traditional
What Are the Benefits of Robotic Surgery?
The enhanced visualization and precise movements are just two of the potential
benefits of robotic surgery. It’s important for patients to understand
that all surgical procedures carry inherent risks—robotic surgery
is no exception. However, robotic surgery may be associated with a reduced
risk of complications, reduced bleeding, and accelerated recovery time.
Palms West Hospital is pleased to offer robotic surgery in Loxahatchee, FL, with our two state-of-the-art
da Vinci Surgical Systems. Our surgical services with this advanced technology
are available for patients undergoing urologic, gynecologic, and general
surgeries. Call (561) 345-7009 to speak with one of our registered nurses
or browse our website to learn more about our medical services, including
obstetrics and pediatrics.