Robotic Surgery | Surgical Associates Of Grinnell

About Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery has taken the micro-surgery world to a new level of perfection. The “robot”, as it’s commonly called, is actually a very advanced surgical instrument that uses computers and advanced 3-D imaging to allow the surgeon to control every instrument used for minimally invasive surgery at once. The surgeon sets up for surgery in the usual manner. Once the patient is properly situated, the “robot” is positioned and its arms attached to the instrument entry guides on the patient. High tech instruments and a camera are inserted, and the surgeon goes to a console (like a cockpit) where he is seated and manipulates all of the instruments with finely tuned finger controls. It is an awesome development that allows the surgeon superior visibility and very fine control of the work being performed. This approach allows the surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgery for conditions which could not have been treated in this manner in the past, and with superior outcomes. Patients nearly always have less pain, less blood loss, and a shorter hospital stay than with any other approach.

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