How Can Robotic-Assisted Surgeries Benefit Me?
Surgery is typically a last resort in terms of medical treatments. Your doctor will likely try to exhaust other options before recommending it. Many people understandably dread surgery as it poses many potential risks and requires plenty of down time for recovery.
Fortunately, advances in surgical technology allow many patients to undergo less invasive surgical treatments known as robotic-assisted surgeries. If you’re suffering from a medical condition and your doctor has recommended surgery as the best form of treatment, don’t hesitate to talk to them about robotic-assisted surgical options.
What Is Robotic-Assisted Surgery?
Robotic-assisted surgery, or simply robotic surgery, is a type of surgical procedure where a surgeon uses a robotic system instead of his or her own hands. Centennial Orthopedics and Podiatry’s MAKO robotic instrument and a small three-dimensional camera are inserted into the patient’s body through tiny incisions. The surgeon controls the instruments using a console to precisely position the robotic instruments in your body. The surgeon is 100 percent in charge of each motion and the robotic system responds to their actions.
What Happens During Robotic-Assisted Surgery?
The minimally invasive robotic surgery is performed by a robotic surgical machine which consists of three parts:
- A console where the surgeon sits and performs the surgery
- Four interactive robotic arms with surgical instruments attached to them
- A high-definition 3D vision system, which allows surgeons to make precise movements inside the patient’s body
During the surgery, the surgeon inserts a high-definition 3D camera through one of the incisions to obtain a magnified view of the area. Once the camera is inserted into the patient’s body, the surgeon then guides in specialized surgical tools held by the robotic arms through the other incisions. The surgeon then moves to the console where they can view the surgical area and perform the surgery by moving the surgical tools and camera with special controls and foot pedals.
Which Conditions May Qualify for Robotic-Assisted Surgery?
A diverse array of procedures can be performed with robotic-assisted surgery, including heart surgery, general surgery, gynecologic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery and thoracic surgery.
Centennial Orthopedics and Podiatry offers surgical procedures for total knee and hip replacements.
What Are the Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery?
The robotic surgical system allows for the controlled and accurate adjustment of surgical tools without unwanted hand shaking or tremors on the surgeon’s part. Robotic surgery also allows medical professionals to operate on smaller areas in the body they otherwise would not be able to access with their hands.
The 3D camera enhances visibility so the surgical procedure can be performed safely and more efficiently. Finally, because the surgical instruments make such tiny incisions, patients typically don’t lose as much blood as they would during a traditional surgical procedure. Patients also tend to experience less post-surgical pain, faster recovery and less scarring.
Is Robotic-Assisted Surgery Right for You?
Robotic-assisted surgery may or may not be the right option for you. Be sure to discuss treatment options with your doctor. They can inform you of the benefits and risks of this type of medical procedure.
As with all surgeries, robotic-assisted surgery does involve some risk, such as infection or other complications. However, overall, the success rate is high, and recovery tends to be speedy.
Explore Robotic-Assisted Care at Centennial Orthopedics and Podiatry in Roseburg, Oregon
At Centennial Orthopedic, we specialize in innovative knee and hip replacement robotic surgery.
Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to helping patients overcome their conditions by creating a custom treatment plan which may or may not include robotic surgery.
To schedule your consultation, call 541-229-2663 or send us a message.