PLACING PATIENT’S NEEDS FIRST
The Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at Patel Hospital is committed to placing patient’s needs first. The Centre continually demonstrates excellent outcomes by utilizing highly trained surgeons, compassionate bedside care and offering the very best options in technology.
WHAT IS MINIMALLY INVASIVE ROBOTIC SURGERY?
Minimally invasive surgery means that traditional large open incisions are not necessary. Instead, small incisions are made to access the area of the body requiring treatment so that surgeons specially trained in laparoscopic techniques can use tiny devices containing cameras to view the area, manipulate the tissue and perform the necessary surgical intervention. Taking that one step further is robotic surgery in which the surgeon views the body’s intricate anatomy under high-powered magnification while using the robot’s superior tools and maneuverability, smaller and more flexible than the human hand, at a separate console to perform the entire procedure. The addition of robotic technology provides surgeons with revolutionary instruments enabling them to perform more complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach than ever before.
WHAT IS ROBOTIC SURGERY?
The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. The surgeon controls the robot as it translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. Though it is often called a robot, it cannot act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed with unmatched precision entirely by the surgeon. Together, the robotic technology, highly skilled surgeon and surgical team perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ROBOTIC SURGERY COMPARED WITH TRADITIONAL (OPEN) METHODS OF SURGERY?
Benefits experienced by patients may include:
• Significantly less pain
• Less blood loss and fewer blood transfusions
• Minimally invasive surgical option for women with large, numerous or difficult to access fibroids
• Fewer complications and risk of infection
• Shorter hospital stay
• Faster recovery and return to normal activities
• Small, dime-sized incisions for minimal scarring
What are the robotic procedures offered at Patel Hospital?
• Radical Prostatectomy
• Ureteric Reimplantation
• Radical Cystectomy
• Partial Nephrectomy
• Hysterectomy / GYN Cancer
• Endometriosis resection
ROBOTIC HEAD & NECK SURGERY
• Scarless Thyroidectomy
• Scarless Neck Surgery
• Transoral Robotic Surgery(TORS) for cancer
• TORS for Sleep Apnea
ROBOTIC GI SURGERY
• Colorectal Surgery
ROBOTIC BARIATRIC & METABOLIC SURGERY
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for robotic surgery?
There are numerous factors which determine if you are a candidate for robotic surgery. Robotic-assisted surgery may not be right for everyone. Please be aware of your surgical options by speaking with your physician.
Is the physician performing the surgery or a robot?
The surgeon is performing the surgery. The robotic system translates the surgeon’s movements at a console to the instruments on the robot.
What is my recovery time?
Recovery is faster with robotic surgery. There are no external incisions or communications between the throat and the neck (which is required in open surgery). This leads to a lower chance of infection and less swelling.
How long will I be in surgery?
Each surgery is different and the length of the surgery varies based on the size of the tumor, extent of the tumor, and location but typically the TORS approach is significantly faster than the comparative open surgery.
Will you have to cut me open?
No. The tumor will be removed completely through the mouth. Frequently a neck dissection is required to remove the lymph nodes which may be involved with cancer. This is performed after the tumor resection though.
How long will I be in the hospital?
Patients are usually in the hospital for 1-3 days.