Building The Future With Robotic Surgery
When medical professionals tell a patient that surgery is needed, the patient’s first thoughts often run to the success rate of the procedure, levels of pain, potential complications, and how much time off of work is necessary to heal. Anxiety can be a factor in every surgery, but cutting-edge technology can go a long way in assuaging patient concerns. Key medical experts suggest robotic arm-assisted surgery for minimally invasive procedures due to key advantages including improving the surgeon’s field of vision, more mobility thanks to the robot’s dexterity, and reduced physician fatigue.
What are the benefits of robotic surgery?
In today’s modern medical era, doctors utilize the technology boom of the past 20 years to notably lower patient risk. By selecting robotic surgery, patients combine medical and technological improvements to experience better recovery time, fewer complications, and minimal scarring.
So, what is robotic arm-assisted surgery?
Robotic surgery was originally approved for clinical use over 20 years ago in the year 2000. Since then, the applications for robotic procedures have expanded to nearly all areas of surgery, including urology, orthopedics, and gynecology. Over 570,000 procedures worldwide were performed with one type of robotic surgical system in 2014, with the figure growing by 10% each subsequent year. Some surgeons note that robotic-assisted surgery allows for greater precision, flexibility, and control during the operation. These benefits allow doctors to perform difficult procedures that would otherwise be too delicate to complete with traditional surgical strategies.
Less time in the hospital for you
With robotic-assisted surgery, the body goes through less trauma overall. By making small incisions rather than the typical more invasive open surgery, patients lose less blood and recover faster. Some healthcare professionals note that robotic arm-assisted surgery is particularly useful for surgeries for which there is no minimally invasive choice. Operations like prostate removal and other complex cancer surgeries benefit from the robot’s expert dexterity and precision.
Lowering your risk of infection
When the body is exposed for extended periods of time, such as during open surgery, the risk of infection is a constant presence. Robotic-assisted surgery allows surgeons to complete procedures with small incisions, keeping the body covered and decreasing the chance of infection.
Making human error a thing of the past
Thanks to the robot’s increased precision, doctors can use robotic arm-assisted surgery to complete operations in especially difficult to reach parts of the body. Moreover, the robot makes up for the surgeon’s hand tremors, correcting errors automatically. Together, the boosted precision and lowered risk of human error generate minimal scarring and lower risk of complications for the patient.
A quicker recovery
Robotic surgery can help patients manage anxiety when preparing for surgery. A robotic system allows for a faster recovery time while lowering the potential for complications and scarring. Instead of worrying about pain levels or time off of work, patients can completely focus on readying the home and body for a quick recovery.