Robot-assisted surgery might sound like something right out of a movie script that takes place in the future. When in fact, it’s a very real thing — and having the option to undergo robotic surgery is making a difference in the lives of general surgery patients. 

Is a robot actually performing my surgery?

This is a common misconception — but the simple answer is no. The robot is essentially a tool that surgeons (yes, your surgeon is still in control) can use throughout the procedure. 

Robot-assisted surgery often means better visualization and greater accuracy for the surgeon. Robots also facilitate traditional skills in hard-to-reach places, such as suturing, that may be difficult otherwise. 

“When we talk with patients, we always make sure to go over the risks and benefits of a procedure. Ultimately, the decision to proceed with surgeries comes when we feel that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Like any surgery, the risks are there for robotic surgery as well. But if anything, utilizing robotic surgery has helped minimize those risks: everything from bleeding, infections, potential injury, surrounding structures. 

There’s a role for traditional, open surgeries and I think there always will be. But I certainly feel that robotic surgery has opened a whole new door for us, in terms of allowing surgeons to do things we were never able to do before.”

Richard Bloomberg, MD

Chairman and Director of Robotic Surgery, Kenmore Mercy Hospital

What are the advantages to robotic surgery over a minimally-invasive procedure? 

Robotic surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to take minimally-invasive surgery to the next level.

For a patient, the advantages are: 

  • A smaller incision
  • Reduced risk of infection and complications
  • Quicker recovery times
  • Less pain
  • Decrease in pain medication/narcotics use

Does Your Procedure Qualify for Robotic Surgery?

At Catholic Health, we have a team of surgeons certified to perform robotic surgery, providing award-winning care to patients in need of a range of different procedures. From gynecological surgery to hernia repair, our robotics team is skilled and experienced in offering patients the best possible outcome.

Find out if you or a loved one can benefit from robotic surgery. Discuss your surgical options with your doctor or schedule a consultation with a robotic surgeon near you.

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Call (716) 706-2112