Robotic surgery is a technique in which the surgeon performs surgery with the assistance of robotic technology. Robotic surgery offers increased precision and control for surgeons and also benefits patients as it involves small incisions, which significantly reduce recovery time.
Robotic surgical system is more complex and requires experienced and skilled surgeons to perform the surgery. Robotic system may be used for a number of different procedures, including gallbladder removal. Gallbladder is a pear shaped organ that aids digestion and stores bile produced by the liver. The surgery to remove the gallbladder is known as cholecystectomy.
Cholecystectomy may be recommended for patients with gallbladder diseases or whose symptoms cannot be controlled using medications.
Cholecystectomy procedure is performed to remove gallstones in the gallbladder and bile duct. The procedure also treats inflammation of the pancreas and gallbladder. Cholecystectomy is also indicated in patients with gallbladder trauma, gallbladder cancer, acute cholecystitis, and other complications of gallstones.
Traditional cholecystectomy requires a long, open incision that needs a longer hospital stay and recovery time. Robotic assisted cholecystectomy that offers several benefits over the traditional surgery is used to remove gallbladder. During robotic assisted cholecystectomy the surgeon controls the robotic arms from a computer station next to the patient. The robotic system consists of four arms; one arm holds a high-magnification endoscopic camera that allows the surgeon to view highly magnified 3D images and the other three arms carry instruments to perform the surgery. These tools are placed into your body through tiny incisions to remove the gallbladder.
Robotic surgery offers several advantages over the traditional surgery including:
- Smaller incisions
- Decreased blood loss
- Less scarring
- Decreased risk of infection
- Less pain
- Short hospital stay
- Quick recovery time and return to normal activities
- Fewer complications
- Better clinical outcomes