Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery is gaining popularity in many surgical disciplines.
EndoWrist® functions like a human hand
This technology involves the use of a robotic surgical platform (da Vinci, Intuitive Surgical Systems) which consists of a surgeon console (this is where the surgeon controls the robot), 4-arm robot (one arm controls a high definition camera; the other three arms control instruments with EndoWrist® technology), and a bedside surgical assistant.
The instruments used during robotic surgery are unique in that they actually function like a human hand giving the surgeon unparalleled dexterity, precision, and maneuverability.
These surgical instruments allow for complex surgical dissection and reconstruction such as in prostate cancer surgery (robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy), kidney cancer surgery (robot-assisted radical nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy), bladder cancer surgery (robot-assisted radical cystectomy), and reconstructive surgical procedures of the ureter such as ureteropelvic junction obstruction repair (robot-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty).
Robotic surgery is quite complex and involves a dedicated surgical team. In addition to the surgeon performing the procedure, a bedside surgical assistant along with a surgical nurse and anesthesia doctor complete the surgical team. It is important that this team work in unity to accomplish desired surgical outcomes.
Robotic surgery, when used appropriately, can offer most patients equivocal cancer cure outcomes and the opportunity for decreased blood loss, shorter hospital stay, and quicker time to recovery when done by an experienced surgeon.
Ask your surgeon today if robotic surgery is right for you.