Robot-assisted surgery (sometimes called ‘robotic surgery’) is one of many techniques the surgeons at Muskegon Surgical Associates use to provide the best possible care to our patients. Robot-assisted surgery allows for many types of complex surgeries and delicate procedures to be performed with more control, precision, and flexibility than would otherwise be possible. Just as importantly, robotic surgery can take the place of procedures that traditionally involved large incisions, which are usually associated with more pain and longer recovery.
Meet the da Vinci System
At Muskegon Surgical Associates, robot-assisted surgery is performed using the da Vinci Surgical System, the most widely used FDA-approved clinical robotic surgical system in the United States.
The da Vinci System features tiny instruments that require just a few small incisions. The instruments are attached to arms that can bend and rotate far more than the human hand, along with a camera and computer console that provide the surgeon with a magnified, three-dimensional, high-definition view of the surgical site inside the patient’s body. The state-of-the-art system translates your surgeon’s hand movements to maneuver the tiny surgical instruments inside your body.
Because it’s minimally invasive and offers enhanced precision and control, robotic surgery provides a number of benefits:
- Fewer complications, including infection at the surgical site.
- Less pain and bleeding.
- Faster recovery.
- Smaller scars that are less noticeable.
The following types of surgeries can frequently be performed with robot-assisted technology:
- Gallbladder removal.
- Hernia surgery.
- Removal of cancerous tumors in the colon or rectum.
- Repair of a hiatal hernia (in which the stomach bulges up into the chest through the opening where the esophagus is supposed to attach).
- Removal of an adrenal gland tumor.
As with any surgery, robot-assisted surgery does still involve risks, including the chance of infection and bleeding.
Ask Your Surgeon About Robot-Assisted Surgery
The board-certified surgeons at Muskegon Surgical Associates are skilled at a variety of surgical methods and can guide you through your options. For a consultation, contact us or call 231-739-9461.