Baptist Health Hardin: Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Benefits of robot-assisted surgery include quicker recovery and less pain. Learn more about how robotic surgery works and its benefits from Baptist Health.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery in Elizabethtown, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Allison Cardin, MD, Urology:
Robotic surgery allows us to perform procedures that would be more difficult if we were doing them in another manner. It allows us to get into very small, tight spaces with very precise movements that we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. Patients have a lot of benefit from being able to undergo a robotic procedure: They generally recover quicker; the pain is usually less with robotic surgery than with a standard, open procedure; the hospital time is often shorter; they’re smaller incisions; and [there is] less downtime after surgery. There’s a lot of benefits for patients.
Sometimes I’ll tell my patients that we’re going to do their surgery and I’m going to use a robot to do it. They think that it’s a robot performing the surgery and it’s not. It’s me performing the surgery just using the robot as a tool. It is very safe. The surgeon is in control the entire time. It’s actually, in a lot of cases, safer than the traditional way of doing surgery. There are procedures that we weren’t able to do before other than through a traditional, open method that we now can do as a minimally invasive [procedure], simply because we have the robot available.
I love doing robotic surgery. It’s fun for me, but it’s a great benefit for our patients and that’s the most important part.
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