Robotic Surgery is Sometimes Favored Over Traditional Surgery
Thoracic and cardiac surgeon, Dr. Steven Marra, has been on the cutting edge of robotic surgery for almost 20 years. He purchased the first generation of a system called Da Vinci in 1998.
Dr. Steven Marra/Thoracic & Cardiac Surgeon: “it’s revolutionized the technological advances of how patients come into the system, get their treatments and go home. What’s new is that there’s a greater awareness and more surgeons are becoming trained on the device and the access is becoming more available for patients.”
The technology is constantly evolving to find new uses for robotic surgery as well as making it easier for surgeons to operate. Surgeons will often practice on a model like this one –keeping their skills as sharp as possible. In the operating room, the doctor works remotely through tiny incisions--- with magnified 3-D high-definition imaging, the tiny instruments bend 360-degrees under the doctor’s precise control to suture, staple or re-connect tissue.
Dr. Marra says: “there’s a potential for less pain, earlier discharge, earlier return to work, all things possible through a well-established surgical robotic program.”
Better outcomes, smaller incisions, higher degree of skilled surgeons and improving every year and it’s all within our reach.
Dr. Marra says: “I think patients don’t have to look further than their own backyard to get the care they need and deserve to feel well.”
Robotic surgery isn’t for everyone. Talk to your doctor about how it compares with other types of minimally invasive surgery as well as conventional surgery.