All surgeons and patients want procedures that are extremely precise, take small incisions, leave little scarring, and lead to quick recoveries. Fortunately, this is not just a dream. With robotic-assisted surgery, this is a reality.
Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS, uses the da Vinci® robotic system to perform a variety of minimally invasive surgeries. In this blog, Dr. Seman explains how this surgery works and its many benefits.
How robotic-assisted surgery works
While the name may sound like a robot performs the surgery, Dr. Seman actually uses the da Vinci robotic arms to make surgical repairs. She controls the arms on an external computer console. Three robotic arms hold the specialized microsurgical instruments needed for surgery.
Dr. Seman uses specialized laparoscopic instruments that fit through tiny incisions in the surgical site. These instruments have an attached 3-D camera and light, which sends back real-time, magnified images of the surgical area to an external monitor. Dr. Seman watches this monitor, and the robotic arms mimic her hand and finger movements as she performs the surgery.
Robotic-assisted surgery can be used for many types of surgical procedures. Dr. Seman can use the da Vinci system to treat a number of issues, including:
- Gallbladder disorders
Exploring the benefits of da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery
One of the biggest benefits of da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery is that Dr. Seman can repair damage and perform other surgical techniques with more precision than she might be able to with traditional surgery. The da Vinci system enables her to perform the surgery with a high level of control and accuracy.
Another of the most popular benefits da Vinci offers is the minimally invasive nature of the procedure. Because Dr. Seman only needs to make small incisions to perform your surgery, your general surgical risks are minimized.
Small incisions mean less trauma to your body and less risk of scarring. You can also expect to heal much faster after robotic-assisted surgery than you would with traditional open surgery.
Other benefits of the da Vinci robotic system include:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Reduced infection risk
- Shorter hospital stay
Since you’re able to heal faster after minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, you can also expect to return to your usual routine sooner than you might with open surgery.
Robotic-assisted surgery opens the doors for even the most complicated surgeries to be completed with the highest level of precision and a low risk for complications.
To find out if robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci system is an option for you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS, today.