Robotic surgery is making a big impression in medicine. It’s replacing many traditional procedures in gynecology and urology.
Robotic surgery has only been around since the early 2000s, but in certain fields, it’s already overtaking traditional open surgeries.
“It’s a combination of patients wanting to get better quicker and to have these less invasive procedures, and the technology to allow that to happen,” says Dr. Larry Antonucci, Chief Operating Officer for Lee Memorial Health System.
In the past, surgeons made large incisions just to reach the organs they needed to operate on. It meant big scars and long recovery times until high tech robots, like the daVinci system at HealthPark Medical Center, changed the game.
There are two components to the system – first, the robot itself.
“The daVinci robots have four arms. The center arm holds the camera, then there’s two left arms and one right arm,” says Dr. Kevin Fleishman, an obstetrician/gynecologist on Lee Memorial Health System's medical staff.
Separate from the robot is the surgical console. The robot captures the surgeon’s movements, then carries them out.
“This is allows for much less tissue damage, much better dexterity,” says Dr. Fleishman.
Gynecology is one field that is embracing robotics.
“In the past, certain women who are overweight or have a lot of scar tissue were not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, but now using the daVinci we have the confidence to do these surgeries on high-risk patients,” says Dr. Fleishman.
Monika Martinez chose the robot rather than the knife for her hysterectomy.
“Surgery is very scary. And this one was the best because of the recuperating time. I was in the hospital one night,” says Martinez.With technology at their fingertips, surgeons are delivering maximum results with minimal impact.