Robotic surgery uses the help of a robotic arm with tiny tools attached to its end. Massive technological developments have enabled systems to aid in surgical procedures. Any persistent limitations of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries are overcome with robotically-assisted surgery. The instruments are controlled either with a computer or a remote telemanipulator. Normal movements pertaining to the surgery are carried out with the robotic arm and the guidance of the manipulator. Some ancestors of the latest robotic da Vinci surgical system are The Puma 560, The Probot, The Robodoc, Aesop, and Zeus. The da Vinci surgical system is the most advanced robotic technology, facilitating complex surgeries using a minimally invasive approach for gynaecological surgeries, cardiac valve repairs and even more.
- Improved diagnostic abilities
- Shorter duration of hospitalization
- Patient experiences reduced pain and discomfort
- Greater precision
- Remote surgical control - a patient may be located anywhere, but the surgeon can control the arm remotely through a computer console
- Robotic arms are steadier - a surgeon may experience tiredness if a surgery lasts for hours
- Provides greater dexterity and restores hand and eye coordination
- Visualization is enhanced
- Blood loss and transfusions are reduced
- Scarring is minimal
Hernia repair with robotic surgery
All types of hernia can be repaired with robotic surgery. It is one of the most advanced minimally invasive techniques, where the surgeon controls a robotic arm with a computer. Surgery is considered as the only option for a hernia. If a child suffers from an umbilical hernia that does not heal by five years of age, surgery is recommended. Where laparoscopic surgery is a comfortable option, state-of-the-art robotics technology is a more-than feasible alternative especially for patients who may have to undergo surgery for an abdominal hernia. The machine comes with a magnified 3-D high definition vision system.
- Miniature instruments are fitted into three of the robotic arms.
- Tiny incisions are made on to the patient.
- A 3D camera is attached to a fourth robotic arm to magnify the site of the surgery.
- The surgeon works on a computer console and visualizes the surgical area through the 3D camera.
- The computer console transmits the surgeon's finger, wrist and hand movements to the instruments fitted into the robotic arms.
- The movements are in the same range of control as the surgeon. This allows maximum control.