What Should Patients Expect from da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Patients-complain-of-side-effects-after-undergoing-surgery-from-Da-Vinci-1Robotic surgery is a major surgical procedure that requires thorough consideration and thinking. It is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy made possible through the use of the daVinci Surgical System. It is important that patients should discuss to a surgeon their plan to undergo this unique procedure to be able to know if robotic surgery is the best surgical option for them. The surgeon may give you a set of instructions to be followed before undergoing robotic surgery.These instructions are crucial to be followed in order for robotic surgery to work well.

  • Initial Appointment
  • Further Examination
  • Treatments and Surgical Options
  • Pre-Operative
  • Day of Surgery
  • Post-Operative
  • Recovery Time
  • Follow-up Care

While traditional open surgery often requires a hospital stay of two to three days and six or more weeks of recovery, robotic procedures require a hospital stay of less than 24 hours. Generally you can return to independent activities of daily living within about 10 days. This method incorporates the latest advancements in robotic-assisted technology and allows a surgeon greater visualization, enhanced dexterity, precision and control.

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It is important to talk to your doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits. This information can help you to make the best decision for your situation.

However, debates concerning the safety of da Vinci robotic system. There is an increasing number of adverse reports related to da Vinci that has prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to look into the problem. Patients have reported to experience problems during or after the surgery. There are 500 adverse reports related to the medical device that have been filed since January 1, 2012, according to an FDA database.


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