The physicians at West Valley Colon & Rectal Surgery Center are experts in their field. For example, Dr. Ramanujam’s research is featured in medical textbooks for future generations of colon and rectal surgeons. Dr. Pandey continues to learn new surgical techniques, and currently, he has performed the highest number of robotic colon and rectal surgeries in all 29 hospitals in the Banner Health system. From the past to the present, our physicians keep up-to-date on the latest research and technologies used to treat patients. One of the most notable practices is robotic surgery. Dr. Pandey has found robotic-assisted colon and rectal surgical techniques to be extremely effective, and in this blog, he explains five reasons why robotic surgery is so beneficial.
What is robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery utilizes 3D, high-definition imaging to help surgeons like Dr. Pandey perform surgeries more precisely. Dr. Pandey is able to guide his robotic tools through the incisions and into the surgical site. These tools are a lot like a physician’s hands, but they are smaller and more flexible. During a procedure, Dr. Pandey has total control, allowing the surgery to be safe and effective.
What are the benefits?
If the tools are similar to a physician’s hands, and Dr. Pandey is in the room controlling the procedure, how is it different from traditional, minimally invasive surgery?
1. Advanced precision
The high-definition imaging and flexible instruments allow the surgeon to make precise movements. As a result, areas that may be difficult for the surgeon to get to in traditional surgery are easily accessible during robotic surgery. This allows Dr. Pandey to remove cancerous tissue with accuracy and ease. At West Valley Colon & Rectal Surgery Center, we believe in providing the best patient care, and being equipped with precise instrumentation is key.
2. Faster recovery
Since the robotic instruments are able to operate in all directions, the physician is able to make smaller incisions. Since the wound is smaller, the patient may spend less time recovering in a hospital than with traditional surgery. In addition, not as much blood is lost and patients may feel less pain overall while recovering from robotic-assisted surgery.
3. Fewer complications
Robotic surgery reduces any complications from physician error. For example, in traditional surgery, a physician may tremor, but the robotic instruments are held steady. Patients are also at risk of catching an infection either at the hospital or at home. With a shorter hospital stay and smaller incisions, the likelihood of a surgical site infection decreases.
4. Faster return to daily life
Our physicians note that if a patient undergoes robotic surgery, they typically resume their day-to-day activities sooner. As a result from this procedure, patients may regain bowel function sooner than with other minimally invasive techniques in addition to a faster recovery time.
5. Better appearance
Even after the patient’s condition is treated, surgery may leave them with a reminder of their experience for the rest of their life. With robotic-assisted surgery, patients may notice minimal scarring and an overall better cosmetic appearance compared to deep scars that come with open surgery options. In addition, our physicians would be happy to work with you on the best ways to reduce the appearance of scars.
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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.