Robotic surgery uses sophisticated, computerized tools that enhance the surgeon’s skill and precision to provide a high-tech, minimally invasive surgery experience. For you, the patient, this advanced approach can result in:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Less blood loss and transfusions
- Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
As with other minimally invasive surgery techniques, robotic surgery uses very small incisions to insert surgical instruments and tiny video cameras into the body. However, robotic surgery takes minimally invasive techniques to the next level by enabling the surgeon to sit comfortably at a specially designed console during the procedure. Robotic arms control the surgical instruments, mimicking the natural movements of the hand and fingers, to provide an extremely high degree of accuracy. Robotic surgery is used in orthopedic surgeries, called MAKOplasty, such as partial knee and total hip replacements. The MAKOplasty procedure is offered at Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center.
At Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center, we use the da Vinci Surgical System®, a state-of-the-art surgical platform with high-definition, 3D vision and precision surgical tools. Depending on certain patient criteria, the da Vinci system can be used for a variety of surgeries, including:
- Ear, nose and throat
- Gallbladder (single site)
Compared with conventional surgery for prostate gland removal, for example, robotic surgery can result in less time on a urinary catheter, decreased blood loss, better continence and a quicker return to erectile function. In gynecological surgeries, robotic-assisted procedures generally result in less pain and blood loss, less risk of infection and faster recovery.
Talk to your Novant Health UVA Health System specialist about whether you are a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery.