Robotic surgery, which is available at Dupont, Lutheran and St. Joseph hospitals, is an advanced approach to minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform complex operations with more precision, resulting in less trauma to the patient and better outcomes. Through advanced technology, surgeons use the robot's arms to extend their hands into a patient's body to perform colorectal, hysterectomy, lobectomy, nephrectomy and prostatectomy procedures. Small incisions, 1-2 cm, are all that is required.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of robotic surgery, individual results may vary. As with any surgery, benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Robotic surgery may not be appropriate for everyone. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits of each to determine which option is right for you.