Put simple, robotic surgery involves the use of computers and specialized medical tools to perform precision surgeries that are safer than their old-school "open" counterparts. When using a clinical robotic surgical system, Dr. Podolsky improves her view and enhances her control all at the same time. Robotic systems introduce a small camera into the body that streams live video onto a monitor that the surgeon can clearly see. Dr. Podolsky then uses robotic arms while she’s seated at a computer console to perform the surgery.
There are some obvious advantages to this technology, including clear, unobstructed views of organs and tissue that come as part of the high-definition video. It also offers Dr. Podolsky a 3D view as she moves the instruments through the tissue. Using this methodology allows her to perform delicate and complex surgeries without making large incisions, too. This means:
It's a win for both the medical staff and for you, the patient.
Robotic surgery is still surgery, so there are risks involved, but fewer than you see with more conventional approaches. At most, there is a small risk of infection and other possible complications, such as blood clots. Overall, robotic surgery comes with little risk when done by a trained specialist like Dr. Podolsky.
It's a long list and growing longer all the time. Dr. Podolsky can do most bariatric surgeries using a robotic system, as well, as hernia repairs and other types of general surgery.
Not all surgical procedures are done this way, and it isn’t right for every patient. Dr. Podolsky will evaluate the patient through physical exam and testing, make a diagnosis, and then determine the best treatment plan, which may or may not include surgery. If it does, she will discuss the various surgical options with you, including any robot-assisted procedures. Since robotics offers the best outcomes for patients over open surgeries, if it is available, she will likely recommend it.
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