Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses a computer-assisted technology to aid in surgical procedures. Rather than operating on patients through large incisions, surgeons use miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of small incisions to reduce scarring and recovery time.
Robotic-assisted surgery may offer several benefits for patients, including:
- Faster recovery and return to normal daily living activities
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Less pain and scarring post-surgery
- Less time in the hospital than with traditional surgeries
- Lower risk of infection
How it works
Working from a computer console, the surgeon makes dime-size incisions and guides the robotic arms with attached instruments and a tiny camera through the incisions to the surgical area. The operating team also includes assistant surgeon, anesthesiologist and an operating room nurse.
From the computer console, the surgeon looks through a camera that can magnify the organs and other structures inside the body by 10x (most laparoscopic surgeries provide doctors with 4x magnification.) The movement of the surgeon's fingers is transmitted (via the computer console) to the instrument tips on the other robotic arms, mimicking the movements of the surgeon's hands and wrists. This gives the doctor an ambidextrous capability and great surgical precision.
FIND A SURGEON that performs robotic surgery at Tomball Regional Medical Center.
Meet the Team
The following board-certified surgeons are qualified and trained to perform robotic-assisted surgery.
Robotic Partial Knee Resurfacing
Tomball Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in NW Houston area to offer partial knee resurfacing using robotic arm technology. This advanced technology assists your surgeon in attaining precision to help restore your mobility and active lifestyle.
Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks and benefits of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation.