Robotic Surgery FAQs
What is robotic surgery?
Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery entails the use of a surgical robot to allow surgeons to offer more patients the benefits of laparoscopic surgery. The use of this technology helps the surgeon perform more complex operations without the need for a large incision. By combining robotics and state-of-the-art computer technology, surgeons can operate with greater dexterity and control than with traditional surgical approaches.
What are the main benefits of robotic surgery?
With robot-assisted surgery, patients can have major surgery with only a few tiny incisions. The benefits to the patient may include a faster recover, shorter hospital stay, less bleeding, less pain, less risk of infection, smaller scars, and quicker return to normal daily activities when compared to traditional surgery.
Some of the benefits for surgeons include greater surgical precision, 10x magnification, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization, and improved access.
How does robotic surgery work?
The surgeon sits at a surgical console next to the patient. The surgeon performs the procedure from the console while viewing the surgical field through a 3-dimensional (3D) magnified image (up to 10x magnification). At the same time the surgeon’s hand movements are seamlessly translated to the robot to complete the surgical procedure. It is important to understand that the robot is controlled solely by the surgeon and is not capable of making decisions on its own. Every step of the surgery is performed through direct input from your surgeon. Through just a few small incisions the size of a pea the surgeon can perform the entire procedure.
How long is the hospital stay with robotic surgery?
The hospital stay is dependent upon multiple factors including the procedure being performed, the patient’s medical and cardiac history, history of prior surgeries, and patient healing. In some instances the patient can go home on the day of surgery and in others the patient stays overnight in the hospital. It is important that you discuss your individual case with you robotic surgeon.
Will there be any pain?
Because robotic surgery requires only a few small incisions, the post-operative pain is usually less than that experienced during open surgery.
Does insurance cover robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers robotic surgery. It is important, however, to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package. You should check with your insurance carrier for detailed information prior to your surgery.