Why robotic surgery is here to stay
6/1/2016 11:37 AM
Robotic surgery good for the patient, can be done at a reasonable cost and produces better outcomes. The benefits of robotic surgery include shorter hospitalization, reduced pain and discomfort, faster recovery time, smaller incisions, a reduced risk of infection, reduced blood loss and minimal scarring.
To clear up a common misconception, the robot does not complete surgical procedures by itself but rather does what the surgeon commands it to do with very fine motor detail and attention. Furthermore, there are multiple safety mechanisms that are built into the robotic system so that accidents and malfunctions do not cause injury.
I think it’s an exciting time to be in surgery, and robotic surgery has the potential to extend the career of surgeons because sitting at a console to manage the instrumentation is easier on the body. Without the use of the robotic surgical system, surgeons have to stand in an uncomfortable position for hours.
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About the Author
Robert Duran, MD, is a general surgeon at the Live Oak Health Partners Specialty Care clinic in San Marcos, Texas.