Minimally Invasive Surgery

robotics team at torrance memorial medical center

Doctors often recommend surgery when medicine and lifestyle changes cannot ease your abdominal or gastrointestinal symptoms. If your doctor recommends surgery, learning about all surgical options can help you to make the best decision for your situation.

Surgery is often an effective treatment for many abdominal and GI conditions, but traditional open surgery with a large incision is invasive. Open surgery may also require a long hospital stay and lengthy recovery.

Fortunately, there are minimally invasive surgical options. The most common is laparoscopic surgery (laparoscopy). Surgeons make a few small incisions and insert a tiny camera and long-handled instruments to reach inside your abdomen. The camera transmits images onto a video monitor in the operating room to guide surgeons as they operate. Traditional laparoscopy is effective for many routine procedures.

Robot-assisted surgery is another minimally invasive option for patients facing abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery. Instead of a large abdominal incision used in open surgery, surgeons make a few small incisions - similar to traditional laparoscopy. However, the robot system features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, the surgeon may operate with enhanced vision, precision, and dexterity.

Your surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

The Benefits of Robot-Assisted Surgery

For some patients, robot-assisted surgery can offer potential benefits over traditional surgery. Potential benefits to robot-assisted surgery can include:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities

General Surgery Procedures Performed with Robot-Assisted Surgery

The following general surgery procedures are being performed at Torrance Memorial:

Is Robot-Assisted Surgery Right For You?

Talk to your doctor to find out if surgery with the robot surgical system is right for you. Need a doctor? Find a doctor online or call our free physician referral service at 310-517-4700.

Meet The Robotics Team

Surgeons transforming the operating room