Few things have improved surgical outcomes more than minimally invasive techniques like robotic and laparoscopic surgery. At Foris Surgical Group in Frederick, Maryland, our surgeons bring a wealth of experience in these procedures to the practice. In addition, Michael Winton MD, FACS has done additional training to offer Robotic Surgery to the Frederick community. Learn more during your personalized consultation, which you can book online or over the phone today.
Both are types of minimally invasive surgery and work to alter internal tissues without large incisions and lengthy surgical time. The primary difference between the two is how the surgery is performed.
Both options use only a few tiny incisions to gain access to the surgical site. A small tube equipped with a light and camera enters the body through one incision, while incredibly slim surgical tools enter through additional incisions.
The camera gathers real-time imaging that surgeon views on an external screen. This allows your surgeon to perform precise alterations without disrupting surrounding tissues.
The surgeon operates the surgical tools directly as they stand next to your body during laparoscopic surgery. With robotic surgery, the surgeon sits at a console and controls the robotic arms equipped with surgical tools.
Robotic surgery offers the chance to access areas of the body that laparoscopic techniques cannot reach. The dexterity a robotic surgical arm can accomplish is also far more advanced than what can be achieved during laparoscopic procedures.
Both options allow your surgeon to perform procedures without creating the large open incisions that were the only option in years past. This means smaller incision lines, less scarring, and faster recovery times.
Additionally, minimally invasive surgery reduces the risk of infection. The overall time of your procedure is usually shorter compared with open surgery, which means less time under anesthesia.
Minimally invasive surgery also lessens bleeding during procedures and lowers the discomfort and pain felt during recovery. Many patients who’ve had both open surgery and laparoscopic or robotic surgery report far better outcomes from the less invasive options.
When many people think of robotic surgery, they envision a blocky silver robot hovering over them, wielding sharp surgical tools. In reality, robotic surgery is nothing to fear and embodies some of the most advanced tools and techniques available.
While the robotic surgical platform technically performs the tissue alteration during robotic surgery, your human surgeon remains in full control of the system from start to finish. While seated at the surgical console, your specialist has a full view of the surgical site and can manipulate the robotic “arms” at will.
The robotic equipment can achieve a degree of flexibility and dexterity that is unmatched by even the most skilled surgical hands. More importantly, the robotic equipment never becomes fatigued or experiences cramping or tremors during your procedure.
If you’re ready to learn more about laparoscopic and robotic surgery, booking a visit is as simple as a quick phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page.