Many people get nervous thinking about robotic surgery. Robotic arms performing a medical procedure might sound straight out of a science fiction novel, and it’s normal to have questions about this cutting-edge technique.
But these days, robotic surgery is quickly becoming the preferred method of surgery in many operating rooms. Why? Because it offers a host of benefits that traditional open surgery just can’t match.
At Advanced Urology, our specialists perform many common urologic procedures with robotic assistance. Robotic surgery is more effective and more precise than traditional methods — and in many cases, that translates to better results for our patients.
Here are a few of the biggest reasons robotic surgery can help you recover faster.
1. Enhanced precision
Robotic surgery involves high-tech robotic arms that hold specialized medical instruments. Your surgeon controls the arms with a computer. The surgeon is in the operating room throughout your procedure.
Robotic technology is extremely precise and steady, which means that your surgeon can perform complex tasks better than they could with their own hands. In robotic surgery, your surgeon can remove damaged or diseased tissue, while preserving urinary and sexual function wherever possible.
This robotic precision means the tissues and organs surrounding the surgery site are left intact. Less trauma leads to reduced swelling, bruising, and pain during recovery.
2. Smaller incisions
Since robotic surgery is so precise, it requires an incision that’s much smaller than traditional surgeries. A traditional open procedure may necessitate an incision that’s several inches long, but robotic instruments have the dexterity to perform your procedure through much smaller openings.
In fact, many robotic procedures require incisions about the size of a buttonhole. Smaller incisions mean less blood loss, fewer stitches, and reduced post-surgical scarring.
3. Shorter hospital stay
Robotic surgery is considered minimally invasive, because it involves very small incisions and reduces disruption to your body. Many minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home to recover the same day.
Even if you do need to spend a night or two in the hospital, your stay will likely be shorter than if you’d had traditional surgery. Then, you can continue recovering in the comfort of your own home.
4. Reduced risk of complications
With robotic surgery, extreme precision and small incisions come together to significantly reduce your risk of surgical complications. All surgical procedures carry risks, but robotic surgery minimizes many of them.
Your risk of infection, blood loss, and other complications may be greatly reduced with robotic surgery. Plus, lower risk of swelling and bruising means you could enjoy less pain throughout the healing process.
If you need urologic surgery, it’s worth considering a robotic procedure. Our team at Advanced Urology specializes in the latest surgical techniques, and we are here to evaluate your condition and find a treatment plan that fits your needs.
Schedule a robotic surgery consultation with our team at one of our offices — in Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, and Culver City, California — to learn more. Call the office nearest you or request an appointment online now.