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Types of Surgery

Robotic surgery is similar to laparoscopic surgery. It can be performed through smaller cuts than open surgery. The small, precise movements that are possible with this type of surgery give it some advantages over standard endoscopic techniques.

This can allow the surgeon to do a procedure through a small cut that once could be done only with open surgery. Once the robotic arm is placed in the abdomen, it is easier for the surgeon to use the surgical tools than with laparoscopic surgery through an endoscope. The surgeon can also see the area where the surgery is performed more easily. This method lets the surgeon move in a more comfortable way, as well. Robotic surgery can take longer to perform. This is due to the amount of time needed to set up the robot. Also, many hospitals may not have access to this method.

Robotic surgery may be used for a number of different procedures, including:

  • Cutting away cancer tissue from sensitive parts of the body such as blood vessels, nerves, or important body organs
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hysterectomy
  • Kidney removal
  • Pyeloplasty (surgery to correct ureteropelvic junction obstruction)
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Tubal ligation

 

Robotic surgery cannot be used for some complex procedures.