Should you choose robotic assisted surgery?

Robotic assisted surgery shares many of the same benefits as laparoscopic surgery, including a lower risk of bleeding, infection and pain. However, in some circumstances, opting for robotic assisted surgery can make a world of difference.

For some patients, traditional open surgery, which consists of one or more large incisions, carries a greater possibility of serious complications. This includes patients who have a weakened immune system or patients who are at a higher risk of bleeding or clotting. In addition, some religions forbid blood transfusions, which are more often necessary in open procedures. These patients often choose laparoscopic surgery in order to reduce risks.

Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances can sometimes cause a surgery to change from a laparoscopic surgery to an open surgery while the procedure is in process. During robotic assisted surgery, however, this switch happens less often.

The flexibility of robotic assisted surgery tools and clearer, 3D visualizations help physicians avoid switching to an open surgery by allowing them to see and reach areas that they cannot during normal laparoscopic surgery. This is perhaps the greatest benefit of robotic assisted surgery to patients at high risk for complications or that hold beliefs that may affect their medical care. Robotic assisted surgery increases the likelihood that patients and their surgeons can stick to their care plan.

Choose the medical options that work best for you and your health by talking to your physician. Before you have surgery, discuss the risks of surgery and how robotic assisted surgery may benefit you with your healthcare team.

– C. Pete Williams, MD, FACS

About Dr. Williams – Dr. Williams works with Bon Secours Surgical Specialists. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He completed a general surgery internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and continued his medical training through a general surgery residency at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden, N.J.

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Williams is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Williams has given 10 major research presentations and produced eight publications during his medical career.

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