November 9, 2019
Thanks to ever-advancing medical technology, minimally invasive surgeries are rapidly outnumbering traditional open surgeries. And while all minimally invasive surgery focuses on creating less damage to the body, there are different techniques to accomplishing that goal: laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. As a patient, it’s important to be informed about your options so you can make an educated decision (along with your surgeon) about which technique is best for you.
Benefits of minimally invasive surgery
The less invasive surgery can be, the better the outcome for all involved. From fewer complications to an easier recovery period, both laparoscopic and robotic surgeries have several key benefits:
Similarities between laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery
Whether you are undergoing laparoscopic or robotic surgery, there are definitive similarities. Both types of procedures require the surgeon to make several small incisions in the abdominal cavity, called trocars. Into one of the trocars, a camera will be inserted. This camera will allow the surgeon to see inside the body, removing the need to place their hands directly into the patient. Also, instead of standard sized instruments, miniature surgical tools are used.
Differences between laparoscopic and robotic surgery
Laparoscopic surgery can have limitations
Robotic Surgery can have downsides
Whichever procedure appeals to you, it’s important to know that you are in the absolute best hands. A top surgeon’s deep experience and skill will all but negate the possible downsides to each technique—and assure a successful procedure and fast recovery.
Looking for a leading minimally invasive surgeon?
Dr. Andrea Pakula is one of the nation’s leading authorities in robotic surgery, and one of the most sought-after practitioners of traditional and minimally invasive surgical approaches. Dr. Pakula uses the state-of-the-art da Vinci robotic surgery system to perform both complex and routine surgery and to train surgeons all over the country.