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What to Expect

Robot-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery. In minimally invasive surgery, doctors use a variety of techniques to operate with less damage to the body than with open surgery. In general, minimally invasive surgery is associated with less pain, a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications. [MayoClinic.org]

Robot-assisted surgery is used for a range of cancer and benign conditions by a range of specialists including Urologists, Gynecologists, General Surgeons, Thoracic, Cardiac and Head and Neck surgeons.

Preparing for Surgery

There are important considerations to keep in mind when preparing for surgery that can help improve outcomes and enhance a patients recovery.  

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Urologist Dr. Pautler of St Joes London and his patient describe what to expect before, during and after your robot-assisted surgery. 

What to Expect during Surgery

During a Robot Assisted surgery, your surgeon “directs” the surgery from nearby, but does not stand over you like during a traditional surgery. While each surgery is different, here are the general steps to a Robotic-assisted surgery:

  1. Your surgeon makes tiny (one to two centimeter-long) incisions in your body.
  2. Your doctor inserts miniature robotic instruments and a endoscopic camera into your body.
  3. Your surgeon then sits at a nearby console (a large computer) to direct the procedure. At the console, the area of operation can be seen highly magnified, with excellent resolution.
  4. Sitting at the console, your surgeon manipulates the controls.
  5. The instruments respond to these movements, and translate them into precise, real-time movements inside your body.
  6. The robotic devices, which have greater dexterity and range of motion than a human, allow your surgeon to successfully perform delicate surgeries in hard-to-reach places

To learn more about robot assisted surgery including some common frequently asked questions please visit What is Robot Assisted Surgery