Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
Surgeons at the Center for Robotic Surgery at Texoma Medical Center were the first in the area to use the da Vinci® Si HD® Surgical System. The hospital also has the da Vinci XI® Surgical System. These advanced robotic platforms allow doctors to perform complex procedures using smaller incisions than standard surgery with tiny, precision tools operated robotically. This may result in less pain, scarring, trauma and blood loss than other surgical procedures so that patients can potentially return to work and daily activities more quickly.
TMC's program is also the first to offer Single-Site® surgery for hysterectomy and gallbladder removal. Surgeons at the TMC Center for Robotic Surgery use the da Vinci Surgical System to perform the following procedures:
The da Vinci System
The da Vinci® Surgical System consists of a surgeon's console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D, high-definition vision system and the system's EndoWrist® instruments. Using advanced robotic technology, the da Vinci System is designed to translate a surgeon's hand movements into precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments.
Minimally-Invasive and Robotic Advantages
Both robotic surgery and laparaoscopic surgery are known as minimally invasive procedures. In both procedures, small incisions are used, which may result in less post-operative pain, reduced blood loss, less need for blood transfusions and a potentially faster recovery time. The two major drawbacks of conventional laparoscopy (without the use of robotic instrumentation) are that it relies on the use of rigid, hand-held instruments, and visualization is provided by a standard 2D video monitor rather than a 3D field. While standard laparoscopic surgery is performed using small incisions, the surgeon's depth of field, dexterity and precision may be variable.
- Potential benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery over open surgery include:
- Shorter hospital stay (one day in most cases versus three to five days)
- Significantly less pain post-operatively (often only over-the-counter pain medications are required)
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities (one to two weeks versus six to eight weeks)
- Fewer complications and less risk of infection
- Less scarring: Small, dime-sized incisions versus a six- to eight-inch scar.
Not all procedures can be done robotically, and not all patients are candidates for procedures that can be performed robotically. The best candidates for robotic surgery are chosen on an individual basis by your doctor. Ask whether or not your diagnosis and situation will lend itself to robotic surgery.