Robotic Surgery

robotic surgery

What is Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery, also known as robot-assisted surgery in Singapore, is a minimally invasive surgical technique that utilises robotic systems to assist surgeons during procedures. The robotic system enhances the surgeon’s capabilities by providing enhanced precision, dexterity, and range of motion. It allows for greater control and manoeuvrability of the surgical instruments compared to traditional laparoscopic or open surgery.

How does Robotic Surgery work?

In robotic surgery, the surgeon controls a robotic system consisting of robotic arms and instruments from a console. The robotic arms are equipped with small surgical tools that can be inserted into the patient’s body through small incisions. The surgeon operates the robotic arms using precise hand and finger movements while viewing a magnified 3D image of the surgical site on the console.

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Benefits of Robotic Surgery in Singapore

  • Enhanced precision
  • Minimally invasive
  • Greater dexterity
  • Enhanced visualisation
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Improved patient outcomes

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What conditions can Robotic Surgery treat in Singapore?

Robotic surgery can be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Cancer: robotic surgery can be used to treat gynaecological cancers like cervical cancer and uterine cancer by removing tumours.
  • Uterine fibroids: uterine fibroids (link to service page) are noncancerous growths on the uterine wall. These fibroids can be removed using robotic surgery.
  • Endometriosis: endometriosis (link to service page) is a condition where the endometrial lining grows in places other than the uterine wall. It can be treated using robotic surgery.

What can I expect after Robotic Surgery in Singapore?

In robotic surgery, the specific results you can expect vary depending on the condition being treated and individual factors.

Generally, some potential benefits and results of robotic surgery include:

  • Minimally invasive approach: robotic surgery offers the advantage of smaller incisions compared to traditional open surgery, which can lead to reduced scarring, less pain, and a faster recovery time.
  • Precision and accuracy: the robotic system provides enhanced visualisation and dexterity to the surgeon, allowing for precise movements and improved surgical outcomes.
  • Reduced blood loss: the precise movements and magnified view provided by the robotic system can contribute to reduced blood loss during the procedure.
  • Shorter hospital stay: robotic surgery can sometimes result in a shorter hospital stay, allowing you to return to your normal activities quicker.
  • Faster recovery: with smaller incisions and reduced trauma to the body, robotic surgery may lead to quicker overall recovery time and a faster return to daily activities.
  • Improved quality of life: by effectively treating the underlying condition, robotic surgery can potentially improve your quality of life, alleviate symptoms, and enhance overall well-being.
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How many treatment sessions are needed?

The number of treatment sessions required from robotic surgery depends on the specific condition being treated and the complexity of the procedure. In some cases, a single robotic surgery session may be sufficient to address the issue effectively. However, for more complex conditions or procedures, multiple sessions may be needed.

Your obstetrician/gynaecologist will evaluate your individual case and determine the appropriate treatment plan, which may involve one or more robotic surgery sessions. Factors that will be taken into consideration include the severity of your condition, your overall health, and goals of the treatment.

It is important to have a thorough discussion with your obstetrician/gynaecologist to understand the recommended treatment plan and the number of sessions involved and/or required. They will be able to provide you with specific information and guidance based on your unique circumstances.

Frequently asked questions

Is robotic surgery considered major surgery?

Robotic surgery is considered a minimally invasive surgery, meaning it will cause less trauma and damage to your body compared to traditional open surgery. Smaller incisions are made and your recovery time will be much shorter.

What is the disadvantage of robotic surgery?

The disadvantages of robotic surgery are that it is not widely available in all centres or hospitals and can only be performed by specially trained surgeons. Should complications arise during the surgery, your surgeon may need to convert your robotic surgery to open surgery with larger incisions.

Who should not have robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery should not be performed on a critically ill patient who needs emergency surgery or a trauma patient.

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