April 14, 2013
In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of robotic surgery. This is an exciting new technology that is being actively used by many specialists here at Swedish. In General Surgery, we have been using a minimally invasive approach called laparoscopy for many years. This allows us to use smaller incisions, giving the patient much less pain and a quicker recovery. Robotic surgery is very similar. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about robotic surgery: Are incisions smaller with robotic surgery than with laparoscopy? No. The incisions are pretty much the same. As a patient, you might not be able to tell much of a difference from the surface. Do the robotic instruments allow the surgeon to perform a better operation?