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Robotic Surgery

What is Robotic Surgery?

The robotic surgery is the next level of advancement over conventional laparoscopic surgery. To operate using the Robotic system, your surgeon makes tiny incisions in your body and inserts miniaturized instruments and a high-definition three-dimensional camera, and sometimes skin incisions are not required at all. Then, from a nearby console, your surgeon manipulates those instruments to perform the operation. Think of the Robotic system like a video game. When you play a video game, you move a control button, and the machine translates your movements into real-time, mimicking your moves precisely on the screen. During a Robotic-assisted procedure, your surgeon uses master controls to manipulate the instruments, and the instruments translate your surgeon’s movements into precise movements inside your body. Your surgeon is in control the whole time; the surgical system responds to the direction he provides.
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What are the Benefits of Robotic-assisted Surgery?

There are many benefits to having a Robotic-assisted surgery. 
  • Your surgeon has greater range of motion and dexterity 
  • Your surgeon sees a highly-magnified, high-resolution image of the operating field 
  • Your surgeon has better access to the area being operated on 
  • Shorter hospital stay 
  • Less risk of infection 
  • Less blood loss and fewer blood transfusions 
  • Less pain 
  • Faster recovery 
  • Quicker return to daily routine 
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What Uro-oncological Surgeries can be done using Robotic process?

  • Radical Prostatectomy / Nerve sparing
  • Radical & Partial Nephrectomy 
  • Radical Cystectomy
  • Radical Inguinal Orchiectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Retro-peritoneal lymp node dissection
  • Video endoscopic inguinal lymphadenectomy
  • Nephroureterectomy 

Robotic Surgery Procedure

During a Robotic-assisted surgery, Dr. Raghunath “directs” the surgery from nearby, but does not stand over you like during a traditional surgery. While each surgery is different, here are the general steps to a Robotic-assisted surgery:
  1. Dr. Raghunath will make tiny (less than a cm) incisions in your body. 
  2. He will then insert a miniature robotic instrument and a powerful camera into your body. 
  3. He then sits at a nearby console (a large computer) to direct the procedure. At the console, the area of operation can be seen in high definition 3D view with magnification more than 10 times.
  4. Sitting at the console, Dr. Raghunath manipulates the controls. 
  5. The instruments respond to these movements, and translate them into precise, real-time movements inside your body. 
  6. The robotic devices, which have greater dexterity and range of motion than a human, allow Dr. Raghunath to successfully perform delicate surgeries in hard-to-reach places.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most patients can resume normal activities within one week, including driving, walking up stairs, light lifting, and work. You are encouraged to engage in light activity while at home after surgery. Speak to your doctor before carrying out any strenuous work.
Laparoscopic adrenal gland removal is minimally invasive and more commonly followed these days. Common advantages are:
• Smaller incisions
• Shorter hospital stay
• Les postoperative pain
• Better cosmesis
• Reduced risk of herniation or wound separation
• Faster recovery & return to normal activity

In a small number of patients the laparoscopic method cannot be performed. In that situation, the operation is converted to an open procedure. The decision to perform the open procedure is a judgment decision made by Dr. Raghunath either before or during the actual operation. When the surgeon feels that it is safest to convert the laparoscopic procedure to an open one, this is not a complication, but rather sound surgical judgment. The decision to convert to an open procedure is strictly based on patient safety.
Contact Dr. Raghunath and his team right away if you experience any of the following post discharge:
• Persistent fever over 101 degrees F
• Bleeding
• Increasing abdominal swelling
• Pain that is not relieved by your medications
• Persistent nausea or vomiting
• Chills
• Persistent cough or shortness of breath
• Pus from any incision
• Redness surrounding any of your incisions that is worsening or getting bigger
• You are unable to eat or drink liquids

Disclaimer Statement

This website is built with intention of providing basic details about the various diseases. The contents of the website is not meant to replace an in-person consultation. Please follow the advise of your doctor via in-person consultation. This website will not assume any legal responsibility for the patient’s medical condition.
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