Robotically assisted laparoscopic surgery represents the very latest advance in minimally invasive surgery. Despite being a relatively new technology, over 1.5 million surgical procedures have been performed with the assistance of a robot. The results have been excellent. With the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System, Dr. Tsuda and Dr. Ryan are able to perform ever more complex surgeries with relative ease. In certain cases, we can offer laparoscopic options when traditional open surgery would normally be necessary. Currently, we can offer robotically assisted options for:
Unlike how it sounds, the robotic surgical system is not autonomous. It is entirely controlled by the surgeon, managing the system from a console within the OR. In fact, the robot not only directly translates the surgeon’s hand movements, but it scales them to offer exceptional precision with smaller, smoother gliding motions that the human hand simply cannot match.
3D Field of Vision
One of the great advances that the da Vinci Surgical System provides is the technology that virtually immerses the surgeon in the surgical field. The robot’s high definition dual camera, or laparoscope, creates a magnified three-dimensional field of vision that is not available in traditional laparoscopy (where the surgeon views a 2D screen above the operating table). Further, because the surgeon is looking directly into the screen, seated comfortably at their station, fatigue – especially during longer surgeries – is reduced significantly.
Robotic surgery is particularly beneficial for complex general and bariatric surgery procedures that would otherwise have to be performed in an open manner. This is because the robotic system has “wristed arms” much like the human wrist. These wrists can articulate in virtually every direction offering greater dexterity than traditional laparoscopic instruments and even the human wrist.
Not all patients will qualify for robotically assisted surgery and not all procedures can be performed with the assistance of a robot. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks of surgery itself as well as those specific to the procedure. These risks will be discussed at your consultation with either Dr. Tsuda or Dr. Ryan at our office in Las Vegas, NV. To learn more about the potential benefits of robotic surgery for your particular condition, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us.