Types of Procedures
Robotic surgery procedures are gaining attention in the medical community because of the numerous benefits of this approach. In addition to allowing a robotic surgeon greater precision during the procedure, robotic surgery approaches reduce risks of complication, reduce recovery time, and have many other benefits to patients during and after the surgery.
Robotic surgery uses robotic arms to hold surgical tools needed for surgical procedures. The robotic surgeon manipulates the robotic arms to use the surgical instruments in the procedure. During this process, the surgeon is in complete control of the robotic arms at all times. Robotic surgery is effective because it increases the precision of the process. In addition, robotic surgery is minimally invasive, so patients have a reduced risk of complications and shorter recovery time after robotic surgery.
Thanks to medical and technology advancements, there are already many procedures that can be safely completed using robotic surgery. It is likely that, as medical and technology research continues, more procedures will be added to the existing list of available procedures for robotic surgery. This will continue to reduce the risk of complications and problems associated with surgical procedures. Here are some common procedures that can be completed as robotic surgery.
A hysterectomy is the removal of a woman’s uterus. During this procedure, the whole uterus may be removed or only part of it. The patient’s fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be removed during the hysterectomy, as well. There are many reasons a woman may need a hysterectomy, including cancer, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, or adenomyosis, among other reasons. Though a hysterectomy is a major surgery, completing the procedure through robotic surgery makes it minimally invasive for the patient. Though there is still a recovery time for a hysterectomy since it is a major surgery, completing the hysterectomy via robotic surgery can reduce the recovery time so the patient can get back to a regular schedule more quickly.
A tubal ligation is a procedure that closes a woman’s fallopian tubes. This prevents eggs released by the ovaries from entering the uterus so the woman is not able to get pregnant. While most women get a tubal ligation as a form of birth control, it is also used to reduce the risk of developing cancer for women who have a family history of ovarian cancer. A tubal ligation is a simple procedure that can be completed in either a hospital or at an outpatient clinic. Since the procedure is simple to begin with, completing a tubal ligation using a robotic surgery simply makes the procedure safer and more effective. The recovery time can be reduced and there are fewer risks for complications when a robotic surgeon is used for tubal ligation.
Gallbladder removal is necessary for patients who develop gallstones or if the gallbladder is not working properly. The procedure is used to remove the gallbladder completely. This procedure is usually completed laparoscopically. Since that is the case, gallbladder removal is a good candidate for robotic surgery. The procedure is completed the same way as it would be if the surgeon held the surgical instruments. However, in robotic surgery, the robotic arms hold the surgical instruments and the robotic surgeon manipulates the robotic arms to complete the surgical procedure. Since gallbladder removal is a simple procedure, recovery and healing is usually quick. The brief recovery time can be shortened even more through the use of robotic surgery.
Part or all of a kidney may be removed for a number of reasons. The patient may be donating a kidney, the kidney may be cancerous, the kidney may be damaged, it may be a method to control high blood pressure, or the patient may have been born with defects. Though kidney removal may be completed through traditional open surgery, it can also be completed laparoscopically. When a surgeon uses a laparoscopic approach, kidney removal can be completed through robotic surgery. It should be noted that kidney removal through robotic surgery may take longer than traditional open surgery. However, the recovery time is generally shorter and there are fewer risks associated with the surgery, which often outweighs the additional time needed to complete the surgical procedure.
Hip Joint Replacement
Hip joint replacement occurs when all or part of the patient’s hip joint is replaced with a prosthetic joint. This type of surgery is common among older adults who have arthritis but may also be completed due to injury to the hip joint or tumors that are in the hip joint. Though this procedure is not a laparoscopic surgery, it can be completed using robotic surgery. The benefit of a robotic surgeon for hip joint replacement is the ability to use precision when removing the hip joint and cleaning out the socket, cartilage, and arthritic bone. That makes the surgery more successful in relieving pain for the patient. In addition, the robotic surgery for hip replacement can reduce the time of recovery, which is important for reducing the likelihood of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism due to immobility after surgery.
Mitral Valve Surgery
Mitral valve surgery is done to repair or replace the heart’s mitral valve. This is necessary if the mitral valve has calcified (hardened), which would prevent blood from flowing through the valve. In addition, if the mitral valve is too loose, blood can flow backward through the valve, which can be problematic. Repairing or replacing the mitral valve addresses these problems so blood can flow properly from the heart to the rest of the body. The surgery is minimally invasive, but it requires precision to complete. For this reason, completing a mitral valve surgery using a robotic surgeon increases the likelihood of success and can reduce the risk of complications to the patient. This can help expedite recovery time, getting the patient back up and moving more quickly.
A radical prostatectomy is the removal of the prostate gland either in part or in whole. This procedure is done as a treatment for prostate cancer. There are a number of ways for this procedure to be completed, including laparoscopically. The procedure may use general anesthesia or the surgeon may opt for a spinal or epidural anesthesia to numb the lower half of the body rather than using general anesthesia. In either case, the patient does not feel pain during the procedure. Since this procedure is used to treat cancer, it is important for the procedure to remove all of the necessary tissue to keep the cancer from spreading. For this reason, the precision of robotic surgery is an effective approach. The ability of the robotic surgeon to use the robotic arms effectively can increase the likelihood that all of the cancerous tissue will be removed and the patient will have a greater chance at returning to health.
Robotic surgery is a valuable approach to surgery because it includes benefits such as reduced recovery time and lower risk of complications. Since robotic surgery builds on the laparoscopic approach, it can already be applied to a number of types of surgery needed by patients. As medical and technology research continues, it is likely that there will be additional types of surgery that will also be able to be completed using robotic surgery. This will increase the effectiveness of these surgical procedures as well as increasing the health and safety of patients who must go through these surgical procedures.
In order to ensure that the robotic surgery goes smoothly, it is important to select the best robotic surgeon for your surgical needs. A trained robotic surgeon will have the knowledge and skills to use the robotic arms effectively so the surgery can be successful. Dr. Arif Ahmad is a well-trained and experienced surgeon who is prepared to protect your health and safety during any robotic surgery procedure. By getting surgery with Dr. Ahmad, you will be in good hands and will soon be back to your everyday life.