Robotically-assisted surgery is a relatively new surgical technique that uses robotic systems to aid in surgical procedures. This technique was developed to enhance the capabilities of surgeons performing minimally-invasive surgery.
It should be noted that the robot does NOT perform the surgery. The surgeon sits at a computer station near the patient and controls every movement of the tiny instruments attached to robotic arms.
In some cases, robotically-assisted surgery allows the surgeon to use fewer and smaller incisions, and reach hard-to-access areas of the body more easily.
Robotically-assisted surgery can be a viable option for procedures on the esophagus, gallbladder, stomach, small intestines and colon. Your surgeon can discuss this procedure and help you determine if it is right for you.