Where will the incisions be?
In general, it can be few, but not more than 4-6 small (1/4") incisions, but the number, the size, and the location of these incisions may vary and it depends on your medical condition and the exact surgical procedure you are having.
In abdominal robotic surgery, we do a few incisions on the abdomen, one is at the level of the navel (umbilicus) and the others not far from it, on both sides of the abdomen.
In case of heart surgery, we do 3-4 small incisions on the chest (exp. coronary artery bypass), but if you are having mitral valve repair, the incisions will be on the side of the chest.
You might not guess where the incision will be in robotic neck surgery, for example in thyroidectomy, because it is not at the level of the neck as in traditional open surgery, but on the underarm area.
Let’s mention the da Vinci Single-Site surgery, which requires only one small incision at the navel’s level instead of several small incisions on the abdomen for example in case of hysterectomy (uterus removal), cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) or salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of an ovary together with the Fallopian tube). This is how we minimize the invasion, the pain, and the recovery time.