Until very recently, patient options for traditional surgery included large, open incisions or laparoscopy, which uses small incisions but is typically limited to very simple procedures. Thanks to a breakthrough surgical technology, there is a new category of robotic surgery that allows surgeons to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures such as radical prostatectomy, hysterectomy and now bariatric surgery.

What is robotic surgery?

At Memorial Hospital, many surgeons perform procedures using a robotic platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. This system consists of an ergonomic surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3D HD vision system and specialized instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the robotic system is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements Unlike conventional approaches, the target anatomy appears at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of field. To perform a procedure, the surgeon uses the console’s master controls to maneuver the patient-side cart’s four robotic arms, which securely hold the tiny instruments and high-resolution camera. With conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon must look up and away from the instruments, to a nearby 2D video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy. The surgeon must also rely on his/her patient-side assistant to position the camera correctly. In contrast, this system allows the surgeon to operate from a comfortable, seated position at the console, with eyes and hands positioned in line with the instruments. To move the instruments or to reposition the camera, the surgeon simply moves his/her hands.

By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the technology makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction. This ultimately raises the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits.

For the patient, the benefits of this type of minimally invasive procedure, includes less pain, less blood loss and less need for blood transfusions. This can also translate into shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities.

Memorial Advanced Surgery

3627 University Blvd South, Suite 700
Jacksonville, FL 32216
(904) 399-5678

Memorial Advanced Surgery offers general and weight loss surgery. We are leaders in minimally invasive and robotic procedures. Many of our procedures are done laparoscopically or with the use of surgical robots, helping patients recover and get back to their normal lives more quickly. Our surgeons focus on your specific needs and individual goals and provide comprehensive follow-through and support after treatment.

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