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I’m a strong believer in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for a single, simple reason. It’s better for the patient. Minimally invasive surgery, a catch-all term which includes laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and robot-assisted surgery, has proven benefits.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery, compared to conventional “open” surgery include:

• less post-operative pain
• reduced need for pain medication
• faster return of normal appetite and bowel function
• smaller incisions
• less scarring
• faster recovery and return to work

Robotic surgery in particular has advantages which allow the surgeon to perform more complex procedures via a laparoscopic approach than might otherwise be possible. The robotic system gives the surgeon the benefits of:

• greater magnification with the laparoscopic camera
• 3 dimensional (3D) vision
• greater range of motion for laparoscopic instruments
• increased comfort, which may reduce a surgeon’s fatigue during long procedures
• reduction of biologic hand tremor

The robot doesn’t bear much resemblance to what we’ve come to expect from science fiction. It doesn’t have artificial intelligence and it cannot operate independently. In fact, the robot is just another instrument. It is controlled by the surgeon who sits at a console next to the patient.

The Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

The robot has arms whose attachments are miniature versions of conventional surgical instruments (i.e. scissors, clamps, needle and suture-holders). These tiny instruments mimic the surgeon’s movements at the console (but on a much smaller scale). This allows the surgeon to perform surgical procedures with extraordinary precision.

Laparoscopy revolutionized surgery by making many major surgeries into outpatient procedures. Robotic surgery is revolutionizing laparoscopy by broadening the range of surgeries which can be performed with a minimally-invasive approach.

Take charge of your health by learning more about minimally invasive and robotic surgery. An educated patient is an empowered patient!

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jeff Madison  |  March 2, 2016 at 1:16 am

    I appreciate your tip on how robotic surgery can give greater magnification and a 3D view of the area. It seems that with robotics you could be able to work more carefully and precisely. I had an operation a few years back, I wish this kind of technology was available back then.

  • 2. VV  |  March 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I would like to arrange an appointment with you as soon as possible and so far the earliest you have available is in April.

    • 3. drnicoll  |  March 2, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      This website isn’t the place for this type of conversation. If you need to be seen sooner than your your current appointment (ie it isn’t a routine annual visit, for which a 4 week wait is not unusual) we can definitely accommodate more quickly you if you send a secure message to me via MyChart or call the office and ask to speak to Yani or Melissa G. If u need assistance, please contact us asap via one of those channels. Looking forward to seeing you soon. -LN

  • 4. LNWeaver  |  April 7, 2017 at 12:21 am

    A reduced need for pain medication sounds beneficial. That must be part of the reason it’s less expensive. These procedures sound useful for someone that might have a weakened immune system and slow recovery


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