Robotic Gastro Intestinal Surgery
Robot-assisted surgery is usually associated with minimally invasive surgery — procedures performed through tiny incisions. It is also sometimes used in certain traditional open surgical procedures.
About Robotic Surgery
The most widely used clinical robotic surgical system includes a camera arm and mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached to them. The surgeon controls the arms while seated at a computer console near the operating table. The console gives the surgeon a high-definition, magnified, 3-D view of the surgical site. The surgeon leads other team members who assist during the operation.
Surgeons who use the robotic system find that for many procedures it enhances precision, flexibility and control during the operation and allows them to better see the site, compared with traditional techniques. Using robotic surgery, surgeons can perform delicate and complex procedures that may have been difficult or impossible with other methods.
Often, robotic surgery makes minimally invasive surgery possible. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Fewer complications, such as surgical site infection
- Less pain and blood loss
- Quicker recovery
- Smaller, less noticeable scars
Robotic surgery involves risk, some of which may be similar to those of conventional open surgery, such as a small risk of infection and other complications.
Is Robotic Surgery Right For You?
Robotic surgery isn’t an option for everyone. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of robotic surgery and how it compares with other techniques, such as other types of minimally invasive surgery and conventional open surgery.
Dr. Dhir regularly performs Robotic operations at the Epworth Private Hospital. Some of the procedures that are particularly suited for Robotic approach are:
- Hiatus hernia repair or anti reflux surgery
- Obesity or weight loss Surgery
- Cancers of the food pipe or stomach
- Hernia of the abdominal wall or groin
Certain health funds may charge extra for a robotic procedure. It is always recommended to check with your health fund about the same.
Melbourne Gastro Surgery does not charge any extra Out-of-Pocket costs for doing the procedures robotically.