Soft tissue robotic surgery is a type of surgery that uses robotic technology to perform procedures on soft tissue in the body, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This type of surgery is typically less invasive than traditional surgery, as it involves making smaller incisions and using specialized surgical instruments to access the underlying tissue. The use of robotics in soft tissue surgery allows greater precision and control during the procedure, which can lead to improved surgical outcomes and faster recovery times for patients. Soft tissue robotic surgery is commonly used to treat conditions such as hernias, gallbladder disease, and certain types of cancer.
The specific procedure for soft tissue robotic surgery will depend on the type of surgery being performed and the specific needs of the patient. In general, however, the procedure for a soft tissue robotic surgery may involve the following steps:
- The patient will be given general or local anesthesia to numb the area being operated on and reduce discomfort.
- The surgeon will make a small incision not more than 2cm in the skin to access the underlying soft tissue.
- The surgeon will use a robotic surgical system, which typically consists of a robotic arm with a small camera and surgical instruments, to perform the surgery. The surgeon will control the robotic arm remotely, using a console in the operating room.
- The robotic surgical system will allow the surgeon to perform the surgery with greater precision and control than is possible with traditional surgical techniques due to better reach & handling space
- Once the surgery is complete, the incision will be closed with stitches or staples, and the patient will be taken to a recovery room to be monitored.
It is important to note that the specific steps and details of the surgery may vary depending on the type of surgery being performed and the individual needs of the patient. Your doctor can provide more information about the specific procedure for your surgery.
Generally, soft tissue robotic surgeries are minimally invasive and cause minimal pain. The robotic arms are designed to be precise and cause minimal trauma to the surrounding tissue. However, as with any surgery, there is a risk of pain and discomfort, that can be controlled well with pain medication.
It is important for patients to carefully follow their doctor's instructions on how to prepare for any type of surgery, including soft tissue robotic surgery. This may include steps such as:
- Meeting with the surgeon who examines you, discuss the procedure and any questions or concerns the patient may have.
- Obtaining any necessary pre-surgical testing, such as blood work or imaging tests.
- Discussing any medications, the patient is currently taking with the surgeon, and determining which medications should be stopped or adjusted prior to the surgery.
- Avoiding certain medications and supplements that can increase bleeding risk, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, in the weeks leading up to the surgery.
- Eating a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol in the days leading up to the surgery.
- Arranging for transportation to and from the surgical facility, and arranging for someone to stay with the patient for the first 24-48 hours after the surgery.
It is also important for patients to inform their surgeon of any allergies or medical conditions they have, as well as any previous surgeries or procedures they have undergone. By following their doctor's instructions and preparing for the surgery, patients can help ensure a successful procedure and a smooth recovery.
Surgeons who specialize in skin and soft tissue surgery, known as dermatologists or plastic surgeons, can perform a wide range of procedures to address benign (non-cancerous) skin conditions. These can include procedures to remove warts or other growths, repair damaged skin or tissue, and improve the appearance of scars or other blemishes. Some common types of benign skin and soft tissue surgery include:
- Wart removal
- Mole removal
- Cyst removal
- Lipoma removal
- Scar revision
- Skin grafting
- Laser surgery
The specific type of surgery that is recommended will depend on the nature of the condition and the goals of the patient. A surgeon will discuss the various options and help the patient decide on the best course of action.