What is robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is in a way the next step beyond laparoscopic surgery. It involves using a robotic machine equipped with a number of 'arms' (generally three plus one more for the camera) equipped with surgical instruments inserted into the body cavity via small incisions ('ports') in the skin. The surgeon then operates with the aid of a magnifying high definition 3D camera which is inserted into the body cavity on one of the arms - real time images appear on a large TV screen.
These arms allow a greater range of motion than a surgeon's own arms and allow greater precision and dexterity during the surgery.
Robotic surgery is classified as 'minimally invasive' or 'keyhole' surgery, as access to the internal tissue and organs is via this series of small (2cm) incisions to the skin. It is sometimes referred to as 'computer-assisted surgery' or 'robotically assisted surgery'.
Dr Silverman was the very first surgeon in Queensland to use robotic surgery for weight loss (bariatric) procedures and is one of the pioneers in the field. She uses a state-of-the-art da Vinci robotic surgery system, which is particularly suitable for these surgical procedures.
What are the benefits of robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery has all the benefits of laparoscopic surgery, plus...
- Better visualisation of the operating area for the surgeon, leading to improved outcomes.
- Greater dexterity and precision using robotic arms instead of the surgeon's own arms and hands.
We would be delighted to give you more information about robotic surgery, and the twelve-month Peak weight loss program that we offer. Please contact us if you would like to know more.