Robotic Assisted Surgery – What is it?
Robotic surgery evolved from traditional laparoscopic surgery – a minimally invasive technique that allows surgeons to operate in the belly distended with air to allow for a working space. Instead of big open incisions to reach organs, laparoscopic surgery allows for tiny incisions, finer tissue manipulation and therefore, a quicker time to heal.
Robotic surgery takes traditional laparoscopic surgery to the 21st century. The surgeon controls these instruments and the camera from a console located in the operating room. The robot does not do surgery without the surgeon’s control. In that sense, the robot is just an extension of the surgeon’s hands within the body (it is a more expensive scalpel). Placing his or her fingers into the master controls, the surgeon is able to operate all four arms of the robot simultaneously while looking through a high-definition monitor. This gives the surgeon a better, more detailed 3-D view of the operating site than the human eye could ever provide. Every movement the robot makes is controlled by the master controls being handled by the surgeon. In addition, the surgeon can even change the scale of the robot’s movements to further increase the precision of the operation. The robot can even remove surgeon tremor. Lastly, the ergonomic design of the robot console also minimizes surgeon fatigue.
Here at Stony Brook Medicine, we have urologists fellowship trained in robotics and urologic cancer that can provide the most up to date surgical therapy for any urologic condition – benign or malignant.
Types of Robotic Surgery Performed by Experts at Stony Brook Urology:
- Robotic Cystectomy for Bladder Cancer
- Robotic Nephroureterectomy for Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer
- Robotic Partial Nephrectomy for Kidney Cancer
- Robotic Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer
- Robotic Pyeloplasty for UPJ Obstruction
- Robotic Sacroculpopexy for Urinary Incontinence