Robotic surgery has enhanced minimally invasive surgery.
This is true in the bariatric surgery field as well. But what is robotic laparoscopic surgery and is it right for you? Let’s find out.
Robotic Weight Loss Surgery
This is the latest evolution in surgical techniques. During laparoscopic surgery, small tools and a camera are inserted through very small incisions.
This minimally invasive technique results in easier recovery, less pain, and better outcomes. Most bariatric surgeries are performed this way. However, there are limitations to laparoscopic surgery. This is where robotic surgery comes in.
While it has been around for several years, recent advancements and refinements in the technology has caused a rise in popularity for robotic laparoscopic surgery. It’s the same surgery, but it is performed with a different set of tools.
How It Works
When you hear “robot surgery” you likely imagine a giant robot performing surgery on someone. This is a very inaccurate depiction. The surgeon is still in charge, so it’s not like the robot is actually performing the surgery. Instead, the robot enhances the surgeon’s movements and skills.
The surgeon controls the robot, which holds the surgical tools. The robot enhances the surgeon’s precision, visualization, and stability. This makes the procedure more exact.
Furthermore, the robot holds a camera which provides a magnified, high definition, 3-D view of the surgical field. The robot’s movements are more refined and precise, resulting in a better procedure.
Good Candidates for Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery
Most bariatric surgeries, and other surgeries like gallbladder removal, can be performed this way. However, since it is so precise, robotic surgery takes a bit longer than traditional surgery.
A patient who is ill or compromised may not be good candidates. Also, if a patient has significant adhesions from prior surgeries, they may require traditional surgery.
The Future of Surgery
Robotic surgery gives better visualization, precision, and stability. However, the surgeon is still in control so results will depend on his/her skills.
As this technology develops it will likely become the most popular choice for surgery. Several companies are working on creating newer, better robots for use in the surgical field. As time goes by, it should lead to better outcomes in surgery.