Advancements in technology are providing new and improved methods for treating diseases, such as robotic colorectal cancer surgery.
Colorectal cancer is a common cancer affecting millions of people globally. With the help of robots, colorectal cancer surgery has become less invasive and more precise. Robotic colorectal cancer surgery, also known as robot-assisted colorectal surgery, is improving patient outcomes and reducing complications.
How does it work?
A surgeon sits at a console controlling the movement of robotic arms. The arms are equipped with small surgical instruments that are inserted into a patient’s body through small incisions. The robotic arms are precision tools that can move in ways that human hands cannot. The surgeon controls the robot’s movements with a joystick, foot pedals, and 3D images of the operating field, giving them a clear view of the surgical area.
The robot is not autonomous; it only mimics the movements made by the surgeon at the console. The surgeon is responsible for performing the surgery and does so with immense precision thanks to the robot’s assistance.
Less invasive surgery, less pain
The benefits of robotic colorectal cancer surgery are numerous. As mentioned, the robot’s precision allows for a less invasive surgery, which means smaller incisions and less scarring for the patient. Smaller incisions mean less bleeding, less pain, and a shorter recovery time.
Shorter hospital stays
Thanks to a less invasive surgery, patients spend less time in the hospital. In traditional surgeries, a patient may stay in the hospital for up to a week after surgery. However, with robotic colorectal cancer surgery, patients often go home after just one or two days.
Lower risk of complications
Due to the precision of the robotic arms, the risk of complications during and after surgery is much lower than in traditional surgery. Complications such as infections and bleeding are less common thanks to the smaller incisions and visual aids that the robot provides the surgeon.
Same outcomes, fewer risks
The outcomes for robotic colorectal cancer surgery are similar to that of traditional surgery. By using robotic surgery, there is no sacrifice in the outcome of the procedure. In fact, robotic surgery provides a better experience for the patient while reducing the risks associated with traditional surgery.
Who is eligible for robotic colorectal cancer surgery?
Not all patients are eligible for robotic surgery. The decision to use the robot is up to the surgeon and the patient’s individual case. In some cases, a patient’s anatomy or disease may not be suitable for robotic surgery. The surgeon will evaluate the patient’s case and determine the best course of action.
What are the risks?
As with any surgery, there are risks with robotic colorectal cancer surgery. However, the risks are reduced due to the precision of the robotic arms and the ability to perform a less invasive surgery. Patients should discuss the potential risks with their surgeon.
The Future of Robotic Surgery
As technology continues to advance, the use of robotics in colorectal cancer surgery will continue to grow. Robotic surgery is becoming more accessible to smaller hospitals and clinics, and the cost of the procedure is decreasing. With continued research and advancements in technology, the benefits of robotic colorectal cancer surgery will become even more significant.
Robotic colorectal cancer surgery is revolutionizing the way doctors perform surgery. With the precision of robotic arms, patients can experience less invasive surgeries, less scarring, less pain, and a shorter recovery time. With the continued growth of technology, robotic surgery will continue to provide better experiences for patients and reduce the risks associated with traditional surgery.