Probably the first thing you think of when you here the words robotic surgery is - how does a robot do surgery? Where's the doctor? Well we're not quite to the point where robots rule the surgical suite. Robotic surgery, or more accurately, robotic assisted surgery, is used throughout the Banner Health system. Guided by skilled surgeons, the robotic device offers you the opportunity for minimally invasive surgery.
Banner Health uses the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System, which allows the surgeon to work with four interactive robotic arms along with a high-performance vision system to perform surgeries. Sitting at a surgical console, the surgeon directs the robot's long spindly arms to easily get into hard-to-reach areas and make dime-sized incisions. The robotic surgical system cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. There is always a highly skilled surgeon at the helm.
With robotic surgery, recovery time is lessened. Surgical patients who once faced several weeks in recovery can often be back on their feet within days. Other benefits of this type of surgery may include:
Currently, surgical robots perform minimally invasive procedures in: