da Vinci® Robotic Surgery for General Surgery
Over the course of a lifetime, people sometimes require surgical assistance to help set right certain medical conditions. For patients diagnosed with conditions such as stomach and pancreatic cancer, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis and obesity, the minimally invasive da Vinci® Robotic Surgery NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions provides gives surgeons an alternative to invasive traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopic surgery. While his specialty is weight loss surgery, Dr. Val Prokurat performs numerous general surgery procedures as well.
WHAT MAKES THE DA VINCI® METHOD DIFFERENT?
Compared to other types of general surgeries, here Dr. Prokurat will use state-of-the-art robotic technology and implement the latest practices to provide patients with focused surgical care. This robotic surgical system is known as the da Vinci® Surgical System in medical circles. Dr. Prokurat has years of experience performing minimally invasive surgeries using the daVinci® robotic surgery NJ provides.
If you would like to learn more about the general surgeries we offer here at NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions, feel free to give us a call or fill out the form provided and we can help you set up a consultation with Dr. Prokurat.
If you’ve already sought a medical opinion from a general practitioner, chances are you have already come across the term “robotic surgery.” But what exactly is it and how is it different from laparoscopic surgery?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROBOTIC SURGERY AND TRADITIONAL LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY?
In a traditional laparoscopic surgery, surgeons will make multiple small incisions on the area to be treated. A slender tool that has a tiny video camera and light on the end is then inserted into the body. The surgeon can now look at a video monitor and see what exactly is happening. Special instruments are then used by the surgeon which are less invasive and do not require the surgeon to reach into your body. All this leads to less cutting and a much smaller opening than older surgery methods. Laparoscopic surgery is one kind of “minimally invasive” surgery. This can still, however, take a heavy toll on the body and lead to increased recovery time and post-surgical pain and discomfort.
BENEFITS OF SURGERY USING THE DA VINCI® SURGICAL SYSTEM
The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to operate through very small incisions with exceptional precision and accuracy. The da Vinci robotic surgery NJ has provides a 3D view of the patient’s surgical site and helps the surgeon plan the path of treatment and the treatment approach in advance. This helps to spare critical tissue and nerves by preventing surgical mistakes while enhancing recovery time and clinical outcomes.
When we talk about clinical outcomes, we mean the extent of recovery, the speed of recovery, the possibility of relapse and other such quantitative results. Robotic surgery offers a more focused surgical solution to patients by helping doctors identify and eliminate any concerns that may affect these clinical outcomes, through the usage of technology.
Depending upon the patient and the procedure, key benefits include less pain, fewer complications, a shortened hospital stay, faster recovery, and less scarring. Additionally, considering the low exposure rate of the body to external air and the less-intensive nature of the surgery, chances of the patient developing infection reduce considerably.
SPECIFICS OF THE DA VINCI® SURGICAL SYSTEM
For patients with Gallbladder Disease, the Single-Site TM da Vinci® Surgery is performed through one small incision on the navel (belly button). The surgery takes just a few hours to complete, and patients normally remain in the hospital for a maximum of 3 days. Recovery is under 2-3 weeks, and these patients typically experience virtually scarless results. Comparatively, traditional gallbladder removal laparoscopic surgery usually takes almost a month to heal, given the many incisions that need to close.
HOW IS THE SYSTEM BEING USED?
State-of-the-art, minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgery is being used in a variety of surgical procedures traditionally performed by open or laparoscopic approaches. Around the world, medical professionals are slowly replacing traditional laparoscopic surgery with robotic surgeries. Some of these robotics-assisted procedures include:
da Vinci® Surgery for Gallbladder Disease (Cholecystectomy): This is a very precise, virtually scarless, single incision procedure to remove the diseased gallbladder.
da Vinci® Surgery for Achalasia (Heller Myotomy): This surgery is performed to treat Achalasia, a rare disorder caused by damage to the nerves of the esophagus.
da Vinci® for Pancreatic Disease (Distal Pancreatectomy): It is performed to treat a disease affecting your pancreas, such as chronic pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer.
da Vinci® Surgery for Stomach Cancer (Gastrectomy): This surgical treatment is used to remove cancer either in part or from all of the stomach while preserving as much of the stomach as possible.
da Vinci® Surgery for Obesity (Gastric Bypass): This is a successful, minimally invasive surgical alternative for weight loss surgery.
Based on your medical history and your exact requirements, Dr. Prokurat and his team will create a personalized treatment plan. Be sure to mention any previous medical complications or allergies you have, as this will help the surgeon plan your surgery and recovery.
Dr. Prokurat and the team at NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions are uniquely trained and experienced to help you on your surgical journey. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR DA VINCI® ROBOTIC SURGERY?
Any person who has been diagnosed with a physical condition or ailment and requiring surgical support can choose to have their procedure done using the da Vinci® Surgical System, at the discretion of their doctor. However, if you are currently pregnant or are planning to start a family, let us know. Our doctors will study your medical history and evaluate your medical needs and plan your treatment accordingly.
Although the da Vinci® robotic surgery NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions performs represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, it is still a surgery and patients must take care of themselves after the surgery. Exact post-operative instructions will be provided to you for your recovery. Common instructions include not bending, stretching or lifting heavy objects until a week or two after the surgery. This will keep the sutures intact. Ice the area of swelling to reduce inflammation. Regularly take the medication Dr. Prokurat prescribes you and come back for a visit on the designated date to understand your recovery status. You can generally return to work in about 2-3 weeks and can get back to your workouts after a month.
If you are looking for an alternative to traditional open surgery, contact the team at NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions and schedule your consultation today.