The term “robotic surgery” might seem slightly intimidating to some. Surgery is not something many look forward to anyway, but considering surgery with a “robotic” element may leave many feeling even more apprehensive about the procedure than they did before. If this is how you feel, we’re here to put your fears to rest. The Medical Center of Plano now offers an innovative robotic surgical system, the da Vinci Si, designed to improve surgical outcomes and offer a safer procedure to patients. How, exactly? Here are five surprising facts about the da Vinci Si Surgical System.
1. Robotic surgery is always performed by an experienced surgeon.
The da Vinci Si is a surgical platform that uses small, precise, minimally invasive tools entirely controlled by specially trained surgeons. This system offers the surgeon more exact movements and a far wider range of motion within the small surgical site. While this system offers a 3D HD vision system, better control and state-of-the art technology, surgeons are 100% in control of their movements.
2. Robotic surgery means smaller and fewer scars.
Since surgeons only need 2 or 3 small incisions to successfully complete surgery with the da Vinci Si surgical system, larger, more invasive incisions are now a thing of the past. These small incisions heal much more quickly and resolve with far less scarring.
3. Robotic surgery results in less pain or risk of infection.
Minimally invasive surgery results in smaller incisions and much less pain during healing and recovery. Also, since less internally is exposed thanks to these smaller incisions, the risk of dangerous infection is reduced dramatically.
4. Robotic surgery results in a much faster recovery period.
Once again, due to the smaller incisions, patients tend to recover much more quickly from robotic surgery. A much smaller area of the body is involved, removed or cut, which means the patient has less to recover from. Post-operative hospital stays typically last no longer than 24 hours, and patients return to normal activities within days of the procedure.
5. Robotic surgery treats gynecologic conditions.
At The Medical Center of Plano, we offer a number of gynecologic surgeries. These include:
- Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus.
- Myomectomy: Removal of fibroid tumors.
- Sacrocolpopexy: Surgical correction of vaginal and uterine prolapse.
Read this impressive patient comment about her recovery from a da Vinci Hysterectomy:
“I walked four hours after hysterectomy which removed uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, and what turned out to be 100 lymph nodes for pathologic study. I went home after 17 hours in the hospital and resumed a normal lifestyle that included walking several miles at the end of the week of surgery.”
–Brenda Gordon, da Vinci Hysterectomy for uterine cancer
Looking for a physician that performs robotic surgery? Call our physician referral service at 855-665-TMCP (8627)