Robotic surgery is an exciting technology that allows the surgeon to sit at a computer console near the operating table, using mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached to them. This type of surgery is minimally invasive, and the procedure is performed through tiny incisions. This technology is widely used in the United States and is expected to evolve over time with an increase in the number and types of procedures.
At a Glance
- Robotic surgery will increasingly play a role in oncology surgery.
- Benefits include decreases in blood loss and postoperative pain.
- Barriers include the cost and maintenance of the systems.