How Does Robotic Surgery Work?
Robotic-assisted surgery is like other minimally
invasive surgery in that instruments and cameras
are inserted through small incisions. What is
different is that the surgeon sits at a console
next to the patient.
The surgeon looks into a viewfinder at the three-dimensional,
high-quality image sent back by the cameras and
works the surgical “arms” using hand
and foot controls.
The quality of the images
and precise movement of the surgical arms essentially
puts the surgeon right next to the area in which
he or she is operating.
Technology in the Hands of Experts
It is important to note that robotic-assisted
surgery is performed by a surgeon — not
a robot. The equipment is a tool for skilled
surgeons, enhancing their ability to provide
the best care for their patients. The success
of robotic-assisted surgery depends on the skill
and experience of the physicians, not the equipment.
View of the operative field and
robotic instruments. The surgeon's
hands are at the console, controlling
the surgical instruments.