Imagine the advantages for a surgeon to be able to zoom in and magnify tiny nerves and blood vessels, creating greater visualization of a patient’s anatomy. At the same time, envision that surgeon essentially shrinking his arms and wrists to maneuver through a tiny incision into the patient’s body, performing surgery with great agility and comfort. That’s the ease and dexterity surgical robotics technology provides.
Surgical robotics is a technology frequently used by general and gynecological surgeons.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Surgical robotics provides another option for minimally invasive surgical procedures. While similar to laparoscopic techniques which are also minimally invasive, robotic surgery using the da Vinci Xi Surgical system provides even greater precision, mimicking the dexterity of a surgeon’s hands and wrists. Typical benefits for patients may include:
Faster recovery – resulting in fewer days from work, school or doing other daily activities
Less pain – a smaller incision and less disruption of internal organs typically results in less post-surgical pain.
Less physical demands on the surgeon, allowing the physician the ability to perform cases more comfortably with less wear on the surgeon’s body.
What the Surgeons Say about Robotics
- “The robotic system is a tool that allows me to do things I can’t do without getting my hands inside of a patient. The robot can replicate things we cannot do with our traditional laparoscopic instruments. The actual use of the robot is very straight-forward because it does what your hands do.” - Dr. Jason Keonin, Northwest Iowa Surgeons
- “I think one of the major advantages of robotic assisted cases is the enhanced ability to work in confined, difficult to reach spaces. The hardest part of a minimally invasive approach is getting where you need to be and see what you’re doing. The robot system accomplishes that goal.” – Dr. Jaren Ricker, Northwest Iowa Surgeons
- “The robot is a tool just like a carpenter uses a hammer in his trade. The robot is a tool which allows us to do surgery differently and enables us to offer things to our patients which otherwise we are unable to do. We are still doing the surgery; it is just a different tool that we have.” – Dr. Brian Wilson, OB/Gyn Surgeon, Northwest Iowa Surgeons
- “I like robotic surgery for my patients because it does allow for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery where you can use small incisions which are associated with less time in the hospital, less pain and an easier surgical recovery. Robotics allows me to do pretty complex surgical procedures, where we used to be more comfortable using large open incisions, and allows me to still have that minimally invasive option for my patients.” – Dr. Abby Drucker, OB/Gyn Surgeon, Northwest Iowa Surgeons
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