What is minimally invasive surgery?
Robotic-assisted surgery is a technological advancement in minimally invasive surgery. Compared to an invasive surgery which is open, a minimally invasive surgery is an operation with small incisions. Small tools are placed inside the body via the small incisions. A small camera is used by the surgical team to view the surgical site on a monitor. Minimally invasive surgery is also called laparoscopic.
Both robotic and laparoscopic procedures are available at Grand View Health.
Advantages to minimally invasive surgery:
- Less time in the hospital
- Decreased blood loss
- Shorter recovery time and return to regular activities
- Smaller incisions/surgical openings
- Decreased pain and less use of pain medications
While both techniques may offer a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgery, your doctor will recommend the best technique for your procedure.
What is da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery?
Grand View Health offers robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci®XI™ system from Intuitiv.
The da Vinci® Surgical System was first introduced in 1999 as a robotic tool that enables surgeons to perform complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach.
The da Vinci instruments have small mechanical wrists that bend and rotate, imitating the movements of the human wrist. Surgeons have a better view of the surgical site and greater ability to access hard to reach places.
What are the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery?
- Complex or delicate procedures are generally performed with greater precision, flexibility, and control.
- Robotic surgery is typically associated with less blood loss and less post-surgical pain.
- Robotic surgery patients are less likely to need medication to manage post-operative pain.
- Recovery and return to regular activity is typically faster.
- Incisions, and therefore scars, are smaller and often less noticeable.
- Patients undergoing robotic procedure(s) typically experience shorter hospital stays.
Robotic surgery can be performed for the following types of cases:
- Bariatric weight loss surgery
- Hernia repair
- Colorectal procedures
- Urogynecologic procedures
- General surgery, including the removal of appendix, gallbladder
- Urological, such as prostates
- Gynecologic, such as hysterectomies