Would you let a robot perform your surgery?
Robotic-assisted surgery sounds weird and scary but it is becoming a new normal in healthcare today. Many hospitals around the country are indeed performing robotic assisted surgery, including my place of employment. It is mind boggling but people are lining up to have surgeries performed by a robot.
What is Robotic-Assisted Surgery?
Advanced robotic technology that allows some types of surgeries to be performed with greater precision and less invasiveness resulting in fewer risks to the patient. The robot has a three-dimensional high-definition monitor and hand controls to manipulate four robotic arms. A camera is positioned at the end of one arm which allows the surgeon to see the surgical site amplified 12 X over what the naked eye can see.
The remaining three robotic arms maneuver surgical instruments which perform the robotic assisted surgery. The surgeon remains in control of the robot at all times.
Why Would I Want Surgery Performed By A Robot?
- Less Pain
- Less Risk of Infection
- Smaller Incisions
- Less Time in the Hospital
- Less Blood Loss
- Faster Recovery Time
- Quicker Return To Normal Activities of Daily Living