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Published on October 18, 2018

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Dr. David Remington, general surgeon at Wayne UNC Health Care

Using small surgical instruments and a series of tiny incisions, robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique with a multitude of benefits. It enables surgeons to perform complex procedures with pinpoint precision. Dr. David Remington, general surgeon at Wayne UNC Health Care, says, “For many patients, the major benefits of robotic surgery can include less surgical trauma, minimal scarring and faster recovery times than with traditional surgery.”

The Benefits of Robotic Surgery

  1. Less Surgical Trauma
    Surgical robots have a high degree of dexterity, which allows surgeons to work with increased precision, flexibility and control. As a result, patients typically have fewer complications. Compared to traditional options, patients may lose less blood and have a lower risk of surgical site infections.
  2. Minimal Scarring
    Robotic technology allows surgeons to operate in tight spaces and make tiny incisions. An HD 3D camera magnifies the surgical sites, giving the surgeons greater visibility than the eye alone can see. Working with small incisions means smaller, less noticeable scars for patients.
  3. Faster Recovery Times
    Thanks to the increased precision and visibility it provides surgeons, robotic surgery may lead to faster recovery times for patients. Robotic surgery patients tend to heal notably faster and often need less pain medication afterwards.

When Can It Be Used?

Performing robotic surgery requires state-of-the-art technology. The Wayne UNC Health Care surgical team uses the da Vinci Surgical System for FDA-approved procedures, including those for hernias and colorectal issues.

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