Last Updated on March 16, 2021 by Filip Poutintsev
You owe it to yourself to read about all the choices, including some of the most non-invasive surgical procedures available using robotic surgery, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a disease that could require surgery.
We live in a day and age when there is a myriad of medical developments that will allow us to live better, stronger and longer lives. Moreover, there is the saving grace of Universal Health Care that looks into it for so many lives all over the world.
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Advantages of Robotic Surgery
Surgeons are also able to provide minimally invasive and more accurate solutions for multiple complicated surgical operations, from knee replacements to cancer treatment, with the use of robotic-assisted surgery.
A surgeon makes small incisions in the body and inserts miniaturized instruments and a high-definition three-dimensional monitor to work with the robotic system. Even skin incisions are not required sometimes. Then the surgeon manipulates certain instruments from a nearby console to conduct the operation.
Some of the advantages of robotic surgery has been discussed below
The surgeon uses master commands to manipulate the instruments during a robotic-assisted operation, and the instruments convert the gestures of the surgeon into specific movements within the body. The whole time, the surgeon is in charge. The surgical device responds clearly to the guidance he or she offers.
1. Minimally Invasive
Incisions are smaller than in traditional surgery because doctors do not need to use their hands to personally touch the body. In order to minimize the risk of inadvertent nicks or punctures that can cause bleeding and infections, the robotic arms often filter out tremors in the hands of the surgeon. For someone who wants an operation in parts of the body that are difficult to reach, robotic surgery is indeed a perfect choice.
Major blood vessels or other vital organs may be adjacent in these areas, which can make the operation more dangerous. Surgery will usually require a wider incision in these areas to provide enough space allowing the surgeon to see exactly what they are doing to work.
2. High Surgical Accuracy
Few surgeries need a high degree of accuracy, from orthopedic operations to neurological procedures. One slip or lost collection of forceps in the scalpel will cause injury or even lead to the patient’s death.
The trembling or other strain-related motions that a human surgeon can encounter are not susceptible to robotic surgery robots. If the hands of the controller are trembling, the program of the machine compensates for that motion, but the surgery is not disturbed.
Each robotic hand can spin at 360 degrees several times, something human hands can’t do. It improves their range of movement. It is fitted with small joints that like a human wrist, that allows each arm to bend.
This is an advancement on standard laparoscopic instruments, which are straight and unable to bend so that they are more difficult to handle. It is also fitted with a 3D high-definition camera, offering a clearer view of the surgical site even during open surgery than would otherwise be possible.
3. Less Trauma
Surgeries that typically result in a week-long post-operative hospital stay may eventually become outpatient operations. For example, a liver resection after a conventional procedure will leave a patient hospital-bound for a week or more. Having a robot do it cuts your time in the hospital to just one or two days which reduces a lot of trauma in the patients.
4. Reduced Surgeon Fatigue
Surgeries are stressful for the attending surgeon, especially those that take several hours. For hours at a time, the doctors are on their feet, finishing the surgery and taking care of the patient.
Surgery robots allow the surgeon to sit comfortably while working. This could help to keep surgeons fresh and conscious for the length of their operations, avoid mistakes due to fatigue and decrease the risk for medical malpractice.
5. Less Chance of Infection
In any medical operation, the possibility of infection exists, which can prolong your recovery and keep you in the hospital longer. Some sections of the body especially when large parts of the body are exposed due to lengthy incisions, have a greater risk of infection than others.
However, since robotic surgery is less invasive, the risk of getting an infection is minimized, so the possible risks that come with infection are eliminated.
6. Less Pain
You’ll feel less pain before and after surgery with fewer incisions and greater accuracy. During recovery, you’ll also be less reliant on painkillers, which reduces the risk of addiction.
7. Less Blood Loss
During robotic surgery, blood loss is low and you normally eliminate the need for transfusions of blood. Blood loss can cause complications in some surgeries, which result in much longer recovery periods.
8. Faster Recovery
It will also take the body less time to heal than with conventional surgery because robotic surgery is minimally invasive. Everyone is different, and the time for recovery depends on the individual conditions. However, most individuals are able to restart regular tasks after few weeks of robotic aided surgery, including work.
You can save on the usually high costs that come from an inpatient hospital stay and get back to normal life more quickly with a hopefully shortened recovery period. Since there is less body pain, when you heal, you’ll likely have less scarring.