Surgery is often considered a last resort for medical treatment because going under the knife often poses additional risks. However, in some cases, a surgical procedure is the best way to resolve a health issue.
At Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation in Thousand Oaks, California, the surgeons study and invest in advanced technology to ensure the best possible outcomes. That’s why they offer robotic-assisted surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® system.
What is robotic-assisted surgery?
Robotic-assisted surgery provides a more precise way to perform operations than traditional surgery. And because it’s more precise, there are fewer risks. The da Vinci system is a robotic arm that can move in a greater range of motion, and it has greater dexterity than a human hand.
What happens during robotic-assisted surgery?
Robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that’s controlled by your surgeon. The equipment includes a tiny camera and light that sends images from inside your body to a monitor. Your surgeon controls the arm at all times and uses it to perform your surgery, from making a keyhole incision to completing the procedure and closing your incision.
What makes robotic-assisted surgery the best option?
In addition to giving your surgeon precise control over your procedure, robotic-assisted surgery provides a range of benefits for you.
The surgeon can see more clearly
The da Vinci system includes a high-definition, magnified 3-D view of the inside of your body. This allows your surgeon to see the treatment area more clearly than would be possible with their eyes alone.
Robotic-assisted surgery is minimally invasive, which means your surgeon only has to make a few small incision for your procedure. The precise control of the robotic arm enables your surgeon to make smaller incisions than would be necessary if the surgery were done manually.
Less blood loss
With smaller incisions, you’ll lose less blood. And because the da Vinci system gives your surgeon enhanced visibility, there is less risk of injuring nearby blood vessels and other tissue.
Smaller incisions and reduced blood loss will help you recover quicker. While you may need to take a little time off to recover from your robotic-assisted surgery, you’ll likely need much less time than if you had traditional open surgery.
Lower risk of infection
The tiny incisions and reduced blood loss will also decrease your risk of getting an infection after your surgery. Depending on your procedure, your surgeon may still prescribe medication to reduce your chances of getting an infection.
With small incisions, you’ll also have a much lower risk of significant scarring. For example, in a traditional hysterectomy or appendectomy, your surgeon would need to make a 6-8 inch incision in your abdomen to reach your organs. With a minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, your surgeon would only need to make a few small incisions.
Robotic-assisted surgery allows you to have the safest possible operation with reduced risks and a quicker recovery. If you need a surgical procedure and want to know if a robotic-assisted surgery can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Candela and Schreier Medical Corporation today.