Minimally invasive robotic surgery involves four components:
Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir sit at a console near the operating table and uses the wrist attachments to control the robotic arms. The graphic screen and responsive arms give your surgeon much more control and flexibility as he performs complex movements inside the body.
Several other surgical team members assist Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir during robotic surgery, overseeing the system and make adjustments as necessary.
First, robotic surgery is less invasive than conventional surgery. The robotic equipment requires smaller incisions, which leaves behind fewer, less noticeable scars.
Robotic surgery offers uncanny precision, control, and steadiness, allowing surgeons to perform complex procedures that might otherwise be impossible. The robotic arms and miniature tools can reach more precise angles than the human hand. The visual equipment also offers magnified, high-definition imagery of the surgical site, far surpassing the ability of the human eye.
Finally, studies show patients experience quicker recovery after having robotic surgery than traditional surgery. This leads to shorter hospitalizations and an easier return to everyday activities. Robotic surgery also poses less risk for complications such as infection, pain and blood loss.
For many women, robotic surgery can be used for:
This type of robotic surgery is most commonly used for hysterectomy. Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir typically use robotic equipment to remove the uterus to control chronic pain, heavy bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, or prolapse.
The surgeons can use the dextrous robotic equipment to perform a myomectomy to remove fibroids. They can also remove other ovarian and pelvic masses with the equipment.
The doctors can treat some cancers, including endometrial cancer, with this minimally invasive surgery.
Straightforward surgeries that require small incisions are usually excellent candidates for robotic surgery. If you aren’t a good candidate for laparoscopy or other minimally invasive procedures, you won’t be a good candidate for robotic surgery.
If you would like to explore your options for robotic surgery, call The Center for Gynecologic Oncology to schedule a consultation.