Are Robots Taking Over Your Outpatient Surgery?
Rest easy, robotic-assisted surgery is still performed by the physicians you trust and know. The robotic technology works with surgeons. These are tools, similar to a scalpel or laparoscope. Robotic surgery raises the surgeon’s accuracy and speed. The surgeon is always in control and doing the work.
Technology significantly improves surgery
Just a few decades ago, the word surgery was a bit taboo. Doctors would have to open up the surgical site with massive cuts. In many cases, an open operation was not only inefficient but dangerous. Technology soon entered the operating room. Now, surgeons can perform robotic surgery. Robotic surgery mixes computers, cameras, electronics, and even AI. The device has robotic arms and 3D imaging to perform advanced minimally invasive surgery.
1. Spellbinding accuracy means more complicated procedures
The surgeon will only need to make 2-3 micro-cuts to operate. That means the robot can reach and work on parts of the body once thought dangerous. Doctors can save more lives due to this accuracy. Robotics are useful for hernia repairs, prostate surgery, kidney transplants, or reproductive surgeries. Surgeons can even work on brain tumors or tumors on sensitive nerves and blood vessels.
2. A shorter, more effective recovery time
Small cuts give the body time to focus on the healing of the operated organ or tissue. Open surgery often meant extra time in the hospital for large wounds to heal. Patients now enjoy the quick operating time and recovery time. Many procedures are outpatient procedures, meaning patients can leave the hospital the same day.
3. Lower risk of infection and complications
With open surgery comes a high risk of infection. Infections mean more extended hospital stays, more procedures, and even the risk of death. Small incisions significantly reduce the chances of infections. The skill of the equipment helps with making sure the surgery is accurate. That means reduced chances of blood clots or other complications if done by hand.
Consider robotic surgery today
Open surgery soon evolved to laparoscopic surgery. Now, robotic surgery is the next step in the evolution of the process. More and more hospitals are investing in technology, so robotic procedures will continue to grow. These machines help hospitals perform minimally invasive surgery with fantastic accuracy. If there is a surgical procedure coming, speak with a doctor about the availability and benefits of robotics.