With Robotic Surgery marking its tenth anniversary, The Da Vinci robot is used to enhance laparoscopic surgery in the field of urology. Commonly known as minimally invasive “keyhole” surgery, laparoscopic techniques enable surgeons to operate inside the abdomen using tiny camera-mounted instruments that display magnified images on a television screen.
With laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon deals with a two-dimensional flat image on the screen, working with chopstick-like instruments and because of that there are some inherent limitations, particularly the degree of movement. Robotics Surgery allows the surgeon to have a three-dimensional image on the screen. And because the arms are articulated, the dexterity of the surgeon is better.
Prostate cancer is very common in Western countries, though more cases are occurring in Southeast Asia. Surgery provides the best cure rate for men with prostate cancer, which is now at about 90 percent.
The Da Vinci is most commonly used for prostate cancer surgery. Because the prostate is surrounded by blood vessels, accuracy is crucial, especially for stitching sutures. The robot’s arms move exactly like human wrists, and surgeons who previously stitched with their dominant hand can now do so with either robotic arm. The time needed to stitch up a patient has been reduced from about an hour to approximate 15 minutes.
With Robotic Surgery, the procedure has evolved from bloody open surgery with a long incision, and the possibility of cancer remaining because of the limited visibility. Surgeon will offer patients with prostate cancer robotic surgery as the first choice treatment because of all the advantages. It’s been shown not only to give better operative outcomes, but post-operatively, surgeons notice that continence recovery is faster.
Other post-operative problems such as impotency are greatly reduced because The Da Vinci’s increased magnification enables surgeons to better see and preserve nerves.
And pre-surgery preparation and post-operative recovery times have also dropped dramatically.
Overseas patients can do a same-day admission, and a week later, they can fly back to where they are and get back to work.
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