Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses the latest advances to make the surgical operation as minimally invasive and precise as possible. The first surgical robot to be launched was Intuitive Surgical’s Da Vinci. In 2021, HUGO, from Medtronic, was launched.

Despite the differences between the two, they are similar systems with a number of clear advantages.

The robot is controlled from a console in the operating room that allows the surgeon to operate with greater ergonomics, less fatigue – and therefore fewer errors – and also increases the surgical view x10. In addition, the robot eliminates hand tremor, making the surgery even more precise and less harmful.

What kind of surgeries are robotics used for?

The three most technically demanding surgeries in urology that benefit from the use of robotic technology are radical prostatectomy (to try to make the dissection as good as possible and minimize erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence), radical cystectomy (for bladder cancer, for the same reasons) and partial nephrectomy, because of the risk of bleeding.

What are the advantages of robotic surgery?

Less surgical aggression, less pain, shorter postoperative period, less bleeding and less need for transfusion. There are studies that indicate that the use of robotic technology could mean a lower probability of erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.


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