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Common Robotic Surgery Procedures and What You Need to Know About Them

November 4, 2023
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Robotic medical devices are modern technology surgeons use to assist them with surgeries. They can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions and are an alternative to more invasive practices. Some patients may be candidates to receive this kind of surgery.

Board-certified surgeons at Richmond University Medical Center provide a variety of procedures, some of which use robotic surgery, in the Staten Island, NY, area. Here, we discuss robotic surgery and the different procedures in which it can be used.

What Is Robotic Surgery?

When a patient undergoes robotic surgery, this means the procedure is completed with the assistance of a robotic device. It is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses a robotic arm for enhanced control and precision.

During the procedure, surgeons control the arm using a computer. The arm holds various tools of a smaller size to complete many types of surgeries. A small camera called an endoscope is inserted into the body along with these tools. The camera lets surgeons see inside the body, providing an accurate and detailed picture to allow them to perform precise surgical techniques.

Robotic surgery leaves minimal scarring and reduces a patient’s recovery time following the procedure. Robotic surgeries are an essential tool for making the surgery process more efficient. The experienced robotic surgery team at Richmond University Medical Center offers advanced treatment options using the da Vinci surgical system.

Types of Robotic Procedures

Robotic tools can complete a variety of procedures, including:

Hernia Surgery

To treat hernias, surgeons use robotic devices to help it retreat into the abdomen. Using a laparoscope, surgeons repair the wound by applying synthetic mesh on the affected abdominal wall area.

Prostate Surgery

Prostate surgery may use robotic devices if the patient requires a prostatectomy. A prostatectomy is the process of removing some or all of the prostate. That is an ideal procedure for those diagnosed with prostate cancer or other conditions.

Knee Replacement Surgery

If a patient needs knee replacement surgery, robotic efforts may be utilized. Here, they use the robotic arm to cut out affected knee tissues and insert an artificial joint.

Gallbladder Removal Surgery

A gallbladder removal may be necessary if a patient is experiencing debilitating symptoms. That is because gallstones may be preventing the gallbladder from carrying out essential functions. Gallbladder removal can be done easily through robotic efforts.

Hysterectomy Robotic Surgery

Hysterectomies are a type of surgery that removes the uterus and other reproductive parts in women. Some patients may choose this method if they become diagnosed with certain cancers, such as cervical cancer. A robotic hysterectomy is a safe and efficient way to improve symptoms and eliminate cancers.

Robotic Heart Surgery

Heart surgeries can also be completed using robotic methods. For this procedure, surgeons insert robotic tools through small incisions in the chest. Robotic heart surgery involves a less invasive process than other procedures, like open-heart surgery. A patient may need heart surgery if they are diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, dysfunctional heart valve, tumor, or atrial fibrillation.

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is another type of surgery that can be done non-invasively. Bariatric procedures can include gastric bypass surgery and a sleeve gastrectomy. When using minimally invasive techniques, surgeons typically remove a small section of the stomach or shrink it through a small incision in the stomach.

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic surgery involves any surgery done on the throat or thoracic region. Robotic methods can work efficiently to treat many thoracic conditions, including esophageal reflux and chest tumors. They can also complete diaphragmatic plication procedures.

Colorectal Surgery

In some cases, surgeons may use robotic surgery techniques to complete colorectal procedures. The most common colorectal surgeries performed using minimally invasive strategies include abdominoperineal resection (APR), colectomy, and low anterior resection (LAR).

Find Advanced Treatment at Richmond University Medical Center

Richmond University Medical Center takes pride in offering surgeries using the latest advancements in medical technology. With the knowledge and resources to treat many conditions, our staff is fully equipped to deliver exceptional healthcare to the Staten Island, New York, community. We ensure each patient receives the best medical care possible to achieve relief from uncomfortable symptoms, improving their quality of life. To learn more about robotic surgery and the other treatments we offer, contact us today or make an appointment.