Why Robotics? Robotic Surgery Opens New Frontiers

The robot has opened an entire new approach to surgery, taking minimally invasive procedures to a higher level of quality and precision. Each procedure done in surgery has a variety of techniques and approaches, which the surgeon will select based on the patient’s health and medical issues. The use of the robot has allowed expansion of the surgeon’s capability while improving the speed of recovery. A major paradigm shift in surgery came at the end of last century with the advent of laparoscopy, or minimally invasive surgery. Using small incisions, surgeons canfix things internally and forgo open surgery with an incision big enough to insert a surgeon’s hand -- its associated pain and prolonged hospitalization. The technology has significantly advanced with better instruments and cameras. The advantages of minimally invasive surgery are well-known-- less pain, easier recovery and faster return to work.

Robotics, the next step in the world of minimally invasive surgery, enhances the surgeons view, provides better ergonomics in handling the instruments, and allows for more precision. The technology of the robotic surgery system allows for enhanced visualization and instrumentation that takes my surgeon hands , and allows me to operate inside the body while I remain on the outside. Via the same small incisions, I control the instruments in all 3 dimensions, while the advanced optics improve my view for better tissue handling and control. The Robotic tools let me dissect millimeter by millimeter to accomplish fine, meticulous tissue handling while I see a magnified, 3D view right in front of me while I sit at the patient’s side. This translates into less trauma during a surgery, less painful healing for the patient. The robotic platform allows me to take out your gallbladder, repair your hernia, or remove a segment of your colon via a single incision that hides in the belly button. Patients like that the problem has been fixed, and it is hard to see they had an operation.

My ultimate goal is to help patients improve their health and get back to their lives quickly. The most fulfilling part of my job is fixing a problem, eliminating symptoms, and restoring each patient to normal activities, with the least disruption to their lives. “Happy patient, happy surgeon.”