Minimally Invasive Surgery
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
- 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