Robotic Surgery: Minimally Invasive Surgery
If you’ve been told you need surgery, you may have several options to consider. One minimally invasive option is Robotic Surgery.
Robotic-assisted surgery is a form of minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) that is performed through several small incisions. During a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical procedure, the surgeon sits at a console while viewing a high-definition, 3D image of the patient’s target anatomy. The system also features tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control. The surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements made at the console (outside of the surgical field) are translated into precise, real-time movement of surgical instruments attached to three or four robotic arms.
Robotic-assisted surgery allows surgeons to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques.
The da Vinci System represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System at all times. da Vinci technology translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
Some of the types of Robotic assisted procedures available:
- Hernia repair (Inguinal and Ventral)
- Bariatric (weight loss) surgery
- Colon surgery
- Anti-ruflux surgery
In 2012, Dr. Michael Jiser, Lowell General Hospital’s Chief of General Surgery, completed his first series of robotic general surgery procedures, successfully performing several laparoscopic gall bladder removals. Dr. Jiser, a pioneer in minimally invasive surgery, is the first surgeon in Massachusetts to use the advanced da Vinci Si robotic system to perform these general surgery procedures.
When Is Single-Site Technology Used and What Are the Risks?
da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. This would involve performing the procedure through a single skin incision, usually at the belly button, instead of several small incisions. The main benefit is the cosmetic result associated with a single incision buried in a fold in the umbilical skin.
Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. There may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with the da Vinci System.