What is robotic surgery?

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Robotic surgery allows surgeons to see and perform better. It can lead to less pain and faster recovery.

Nicholas C. Lambrou, MD, chief of gynecologic oncology at Luminis Health, is widely recognized as an expert and instructor in robotic gynecologic surgery. He answers a few common questions below.

Is robotic surgery new?

Robotic surgery has been in use since 2006, so it is not new. I’ve used robotic surgery in more than 4,500 cases. It can perform a hysterectomy, and it can replace the majority of open surgeries for gynecologic oncology.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery minimizes pain and discomfort. It leads to a shorter recovery period. Patients don’t need an overnight hospital stay, and they recover in two weeks instead of four to six weeks. Many hospitals that use robotic surgery also follow ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) protocols. These protocols help reduce stress before and after surgery and help with recovery.

What are the risks?

The risks for robotic surgery under an experienced surgeon are the same as with conventional surgery, such as anesthesia complications, bleeding and infections. Ask your doctor about the specific risks you should consider.

What are the advantages?

The advantages of robotic surgery include improved sight and a more specific technique. It’s important to understand that the robot is not performing the surgery. It’s essentially an upgrade on surgical tools that allows the surgeon to see and operate better.

How will I know if robotic surgery is right for me?

You can ask your doctor if robotic surgery is an alternative option for you.

Robotic surgery is not new or unusual, and it can help surgeons achieve the best results. If you have surgery coming up, talk to your doctor about the options available to you.

Nicholas C. LambrouNicholas C. Lambrou, MD, FACOG, FACS, is the chief of gynecologic oncology at Luminis Health. Dr. Lambrou’s areas of interest include the treatment of women with gynecologic cancer, cancer prevention strategies and advanced gynecologic surgery.