Baptist Health Corbin: Robot-Assisted Surgery
Robotic-assisted surgery allows laparoscopic procedures to be performed with improved visualization and control. Learn more benefits of robot-assisted surgery.
Robot-Assisted Surgery HealthTalks Transcript
Aaron House, MD, General Surgery:
Robotic-assisted surgery allows us to perform traditionally laparoscopic or minimally invasive procedures through multiple small incisions with the assistance of a robot. That allows us improved visualization and control, allowing us to do more complex procedures on patients where we traditionally had limitations that have been lifted by the robot.
Travis Gilbert, DO, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Grace Health:
Some people are concerned that the robot is doing the procedure, and that’s totally not true. With the da Vinci robot, I put the ports in, I attach the robot to the patient, and then I control the robot through a console. The robot doesn’t do any movements of its own. I control every single move that it makes.
The benefit for the patient is with the increased precision it allows us to maneuver our instruments. There’s less trauma at our incision sites, which decreases the postoperative pain, which will increase the time to normal function and speed up the postoperative recovery for the patient. It’s allowing us to perform procedures with less need for pain medication and shorter stays in the hospital.
Having the robotic platform here in Corbin is a great benefit to the community because it allows patients to stay closer to home. This allows us to provide a high level of care and perform very advanced procedures locally.
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