Robotic Surgeries Might Lead To Easier Recovery

Robotic SurgeryRobotically assisted hysterectomy surgery has become a more common operation in the past few years and many surgeons agree that the method will allow them to have finer control and movement during operations and offer patients a less painful experience with easier recovery and fewer complications. Nevertheless, those who are skeptic argue that using robotics for gynecologic procedures dramatically increases the cost per procedure as opposed to traditional minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries whereas results don’t show a significant difference in complication rates between the two methods.  We asked our Zintro experts the cost and benefits of robotically assisted surgeries over current treatments.

Scott Kramer, an expert in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, argues that the new medical technology is a good development for patient care. “Robotic hysterectomy uses a robot in order to assist a surgeon performing a laparoscopic hysterectomy. Consequently, the benefits of minimally invasive surgery are similar including less postoperative pain, tissue trauma, blood loss, and scarring; as well as a faster return to normal activities, compared to a traditional open, abdominal hysterectomy,” Kramer explains. “There are still more open hysterectomies performed in USA and the robot does help those less proficient with laparoscopy convert these minimally invasive procedures.” On the other hand, Kramer mentions the downside of undergoing a robotically assisted surgery. “The reality is, it takes an additional 45 minutes under anesthesia to set up the robot, costs the patient thousands of dollars in fees, and ironically does not eliminate an assistant surgeon. Despite the compelling marketing hype by many hospitals and physicians trying to recoup their multi-million dollar investment, there really are no additional benefits,” he adds. “So why not simply seek gynecologists who are experienced, skilled laparoscopic surgeons?”

By Idil Kan

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