Surgical robots have transformed how medical practitioners operate and how quickly patients can recover. Robotic surgical procedures let surgeons ensure accuracy during complex procedures like cardiothoracic surgery. Surgical robots are self-powered, computer-controlled devices programmed to aid a surgeon in positioning and manipulating surgical instruments. Because of the high dexterity of the robot’s hands, surgeons can operate in very tight spaces in the body.
In this procedure, the surgeon inserts 3 or 4 robotic arms into the patient through small incisions. These arms are controlled by the surgeon through a nearby camera. With robotic-assisted surgery, surgeons can perform procedures in a minimally invasive way that otherwise would have been performed with open surgery.
There are many reasons why robotic surgery might be a great option for patients:
It is Minimally Invasive
With robotic-assisted surgery, surgeons do not use their hands to directly access a patient’s body. They make only small incisions. Also, the robotic arms filter out tremors in the hands of the surgeon to minimize the chance of inadvertent nicks or puncture that can lead to bleeding and infections. The procedure is an excellent option for people who need a procedure in areas of the body that are hard to reach.
It Lets Patients Recover Fast
Since robotic-assisted surgery is minimally invasive, it may take the body less time to recover than with conventional surgery. Although every patient is different, most people can resume normal activities such as working within several weeks after the surgery.
It Involves Less Pain and Blood Loss
Smaller incisions and better precision allow a patient to experience less pain during and after surgery. Also, they will be less dependent on pain relievers during recovery, decreasing the risk of addiction.
Moreover, blood loss during the procedure is minimal and the patient usually avoids the need for blood transfusion. In traditional surgeries, blood loss can lead to complications and longer recovery times.
There is a Smaller Chance of Infection
Any surgical procedure that leads to an infection can delay the patient’s recovery and keep them in the hospital for a long time. Infections are more common in some parts of the body than others, especially if big parts of the body are exposed because of long incisions. But, as robotic-assisted surgery is less invasive, there is a reduced risk of having an infection.
Robotic-assisted cardiac surgery has been benefitting a lot of patients with heart disease. Doctors will determine if this procedure if it’s right for the patient.