Is robotic surgery a 'minimally invasive' procedure?

Minimally invasive robotic surgery has all the characteristics of the minimally invasive surgery such as operating through small incisions and avoiding cutting across large areas of tissue, which offers less blood loss, lower risk of infection, shorter hospitalization and quicker recovery time.

Robotic surgery is the latest innovation in minimally invasive surgery. The da Vinci surgical robot was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000 and it is the world's most advanced robotic surgical system. But above all these, robotic surgery comes with 2 improved facilities compared to other minimally invasive procedures:

  • increased visibility on the surgical site, which is provided by high definition 3D lens cameras with magnification up to 10 times
  • enhanced precision due to flexible surgical instruments, which are controlled by the surgeon from the system console eliminating the surgeon's hand tremor and fatigue.

Better visibility means better identification of the problem. Increased identification possibility gives ability to avoid surgical complications. Robotic surgery offers safeness and great precision in surgical procedures and even more, it widens the range of procedures to be performed by specially trained surgeons.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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