What is robotic-assisted esophageal surgery?
Robotic-assisted esophageal surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to treat various problems with the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Your doctor performs that surgery through small incisions with the help of robotic arms that improves accuracy and dexterity.
How is robotic surgery performed?
A few small keyhole incisions are made and a video camera and instruments are passed through these to visualize and access the site of surgery. The instruments are held by precisely-controlled robotic arms which your doctor operates at a console in the operating room. The video camera provides a 3D view and the robotic arms can be maneuvered in various directions so that surgery is performed with a high level of accuracy.
What are the benefits of robotic-assisted esophageal surgery?
The benefits of robotic assisted esophageal surgery include:
- Better visualization
- Better instrument control
- Less pain and bleeding
- Fewer complications
- Faster recovery
Am I a candidate for robotic-assisted esophageal surgery?
Your doctor will take many factors into consideration including the extent of your disease and your overall health to decide whether you are a candidate for this kind of procedure.
What are the risks associated with robotic esophageal surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, the risks associated with robotic esophageal surgery include esophageal injury or perforation, leakage, nerve damage, bleeding and infection.