Imagine you are a surgeon performing an operation. Look at the size of your hands, and then picture them within a narrow anatomical space, manipulating surgical instruments. Now consider the visual, dexterity and control limits imposed by your operating field. These limitations are typical of most surgeries.
Eliminating these barriers, robot-assisted surgery, which incorporates the latest advances in robotics and computer technology, combines the skill and judgment of the surgeon with the superhuman flexibility and precision of the robot.
Sitting at a console, the surgeon operates controls that guide the robot’s four arms, which grasp a camera and surgical instruments inserted into the body through small porthole incisions. The robot’s slim arms, with wrists that swivel 360 degrees, mimic the same techniques used in conventional surgery. The arms are designed specifically to move about in tight spaces inside the human body, and the system eliminates any normal hand tremor. At the same time, the system provides the surgeon with a 10-times- magnified view of the operating field.
|Robot-Assisted Surgery||Conventional Open Surgery|
|Tiny incisions||One large incision|
|Shorter hospital stay||Longer hospital stay|
|Faster recovery||Longer recovery time|
|Less blood loss|
Patients who have undergone robotic surgery have consistently reported high satisfaction with the procedure.