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Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery uses advanced technology for minimally invasive operations. ACIBADEM is equipped with the latest system for robot-assisted surgery, da Vinci Xi.

What is Robotic Surgery?

In recent years, robot-assisted techniques brought minimally invasive surgery to the next level. ‘Minimally invasive’ means smaller cuts compared to traditional open surgery. It is usually associated with laparoscopic operations where surgeons use tiny instruments and a miniature camera inserted into the body through minor incisions. Robotic surgery goes even further: in this case, the small tools are attached to robotic arms. It allows a broader range of movements and higher precision compared to a human hand. Unlike the common belief, robotic surgery is actually not performed by an autonomous robot. All movements are controlled by a surgeon sitting at a console and monitoring the progress on a high-definition monitor. Therefore, the surgeon’s skills and expertise are crucial for the outcomes.

Robotic Surgery Advantages

Surgery assisted by a robot brings significant benefits both for the surgeon and the patient:

  • Robotic precision eliminating natural tremors of the human hand
  • Superior visualization of the surgical spot through highly-magnified three-dimensional images
  • Ability to operate on hard-to-reach, small and narrow areas
  • Smaller incisions, less pain and decreased blood loss leading to a faster recovery

However, this type of operation is not the best choice for each patient. Discuss it with your doctor to determine if robotic surgery is the right option for you.

Types of Robotic Surgery

Advanced robotic systems allow specially trained surgeons to perform various minimally invasive procedures throughout the body. Subtypes of robotic surgery include:

  • Robotic heart surgery
  • Robotic gynecologic surgery
  • Robotic kidney surgery
  • Robotic colon surgery
  • Robotic obesity surgery
  • Robotic prostate surgery
  • Robotic head and neck surgery, etc.

In addition, there are different types of technologies for robotic surgery. At present, the Da Vinci surgical system is the most commonly used across the globe. ACIBADEM employs da Vinci Xi – the latest and the most capable robotic system available today.

Robotic Surgery in Cardiovascular Diseases

Robotic heart surgery eliminates the need for a big open operation. Instead of opening the rib cage, the surgeon gains access through tiny incisions. The method is more comfortable for the patient and reduces the recovery time. Nearly all procedures in cardiovascular surgery can be performed through minimally-invasive robotic surgery. These include valve repair and replacement, including transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI); robotic bypass surgery; rhythm disorders; orifice repair; problems in the right or left atria.

Robot-assisted surgery provides a solution for patients who have undergone multiple heart surgeries. Performing open surgery on such patients in the presence of a cardiac valve problem is very risky since it can damage the heart while opening the breastbone. At ACIBADEM, such patients can still be operated on with the da Vinci robotic system. The previous site of surgery is left untouched, and access to the area is achieved through a small robotic incision of 3 to 4 centimeters underarm. Furthermore, a robotic heart surgery can be performed on a beating heart. It means that stopping the heart may be avoided, and there would be no disruption in cardiac functions. The surgery takes less time than a conventional one and minimizes the risk of infections, bleeding, and blood transfusions.

Robotic Surgery in General Surgery

General surgery covers conditions of the abdomen and the digestive tract, including stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and intestines. Most of them can be treated with minimally invasive techniques. The da Vinci robot can be used for a range of diseases, such as hernias, obesity, colorectal cancer, or inflammatory intestinal diseases.

  • Robotic colorectal surgery. Da Vinci robotic surgery is used in the surgical treat­ment of many colorectal diseases, including colorectal cancer (cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum), diverticula, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Es­pecially in rectal surgery, it ensures that the nerves adjacent to the surgical area are protected.
  • Robotic bariatric surgery. Robot-assisted surgery facilitates the surgical operation applied to patients with obesity and shortens the recovery time. Among the obesity surgeries carried out with da Vinci, gastric bypass takes up the first place. This method is also considered the golden standard in obesity surgery. It not only enables the reduction of the stomach, but it also deactiva­tes a certain part of the intestines and, therefore, reduces the absorption of food intake.

Robotic Surgery in Gynecology

For some women, robot-assisted procedures can be an effective alternative to open gynecologic surgery. Various conditions affecting the reproductive system might require an operation, such as endometriosis, abdominal and pelvic pain, uterine fibroids, abnormal bleeding, pelvic organ prolapse, or gynecologic cancer. Robotic surgery is commonly used for the treatment of endometrial, cervical, and ovarian cancer; robotic hysterectomy (removal of the uterus); myomectomy (removal of myomas); sacrocolpohysteropexy (correction of vaginal or uterus prolapse); and fallopian tubes surgery. Advanced procedures, such as laparoscopic or robotic surgery, performed by the experienced surgical teams at ACIBADEM, can preserve the nerves in the genital area, protecting the patient’s sexual life and urinary function. 

Robotic Surgery in Urology

Among the fields where robotic surgery systems are commonly used, urology comes first. This medical specialty treats conditions of the urinary tract and reproductive system in men. Surgeons prefer da Vinci to relieve kidney blockage with pyeloplasty, treat kidney cancer with robotic partial nephrectomy (removal of part of the kidney), or eliminate prostate cancerwith radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland). While conventional prostate surgery involves a long abdominal incision spreading from the belly button to the pubic bone, robotic prostatectomy is a minimally invasive procedure using tiny cuts. It allows the surgeon to preserve delicate structures around the prostate gland. In addition to a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery, Da Vinci robotic surgery brings better results in terms of urinary control and erectile function compared to traditional operations.

Robotic Surgery at ACIBADEM

ACIBADEM employs some of the leading specialists in robotic surgery in Turkey. What we can offer:

  • The latest robotic surgery system, da Vinci Xi;
  • Highly trained and experienced physicians;
  • Wide range of applications of robotic surgery procedures;
  • Multidisciplinary approach for better results;

A-class service for international patients by a world-renowned healthcare brand.

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