What is Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery?
Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that combines small incisions and remote imagery of laparoscopic surgery with the advanced technology and precision of the da Vinci surgical system. Learn more about robotic surgery at Scripps.
Learn more about the potential benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery, and why Scripps is San Diego’s fastest growing robotic-assisted surgery program.
About robot-assisted surgery
In a conventional laparoscopic procedure, the surgeon inserts several thin instruments, along with a video camera attached to a telescope, through a single incision or several small incisions around the surgical area. The camera transmits an image of the internal organs onto a monitor, and the surgeon uses the image as a guide to perform the procedure.
During robotic-assisted surgeries, the surgeon sits at a console in the operating room and remotely controls and manipulates tiny specialized instruments attached to robotic arms while a powerful camera provides magnified 3-D images of the area and the surrounding nerves and tissues. The surgical robot translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of the instruments inside the body.
The surgical robot enables surgeons to perform more complex procedures than conventional laparoscopic surgery and offers several advantages. Benefits of robotic surgery include:
- Enhanced dexterity, precision and control
- Instruments that provide a much greater range of motion than the human hand and wrist
- High-definition 3-D images that provide clear details of the surgical area
Potential benefits and risks of robotic surgery
Compared to traditional open surgery, robot-assisted procedures may offer several benefits to patients, including:
- Reduced risk of infection
- Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less pain and scarring
- Faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities
Although robotic surgery may have several advantages, it is still major surgery. Patients should expect to have some pain and a recovery period of several days or more depending on the type of surgery. As with any major surgery, there are risks including infection, bleeding and other complications.
Robotic surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. If you need surgery, discuss all of your options with your surgeon, including the benefits and risks of each. Together, you can decide what is best for you. Read frequently asked questions about robotic surgery.
Why choose Scripps?
Scripps Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program is the fastest-growing, most comprehensive robotics program in San Diego, performing more than 2,500 surgeries to date.
Our minimally invasive surgery program combines the most innovative robotic surgical system available with the unmatched expertise and experience of our surgeons to ensure the highest quality care. The surgeons who participate in our Robotic Surgery Program have completed specialized training in robot-assisted surgical procedures and are experts in their fields.
Our robotic surgeons work with your physician to develop a personalized plan of care and select the specific procedure that is best for each patient.