If you or a loved one is preparing to undergo surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options including traditional, laparoscopic or robotic surgery. The hospital utilizes a state-of-the-art robotic surgical system, which provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform.
Minimally invasive robotic surgical procedures use high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view and advanced robotic technologies to assist your surgeon in controlling the robotic surgery system. This procedure translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. With a state-of-the-art robotic surgical system, our surgeons are able to perform some of the most complex and delicated procedures through very small incisions.
Robotic-assisted surgery is like other minimally invasive surgery, in that instruments and cameras are inserted through small incisions. What is different is that the surgeon sits at a console next to the patient. With the system at Largo Medical Center, there is a second console available for a second surgeon to be involved in any procedure. The second console is also utilized as part of LMC being a teaching hospital, assisting in training our surgeons of tomorrow.
All robotic surgery is performed 100 percent by our talented surgeons who use the state-of-the-art robotic surgical system.
How it works
The surgeon looks into a viewfinder at the three-dimensional, high-quality image sent back by the cameras and works the surgical “arms.” The quality of the images and precise movement of the surgical arms essentially puts the surgeon right next to the area in which he or she is operating.
- The surgeon’s hands move the controllers, which manipulate the instruments inside the patient’s body
- The instruments have a greater range of motion than the human wrist. The computer’s body — without any potential sudden hand movement.
Largo Medical Center utilizes robotic surgery for:
- General surgery - hernias, gall bladders
- Bariatric surgery (surgical weight loss) – sleeve
- Spine Surgery
- Urology/Kidney Organ Donor Surgery - nephrectomies
- Largo Medical Center has performed the first robotic live kidney donation. View press release - Largo Medical Center is first hospital statewide to perform robotic live kidney donation.
There are many potential benefits for patient when comparing the robotic surgical system to traditional, including:
- Smaller incisions for minimal scarring
- Patients heal faster
- Less pain: Most patients stop using oral narcotics within 24 hours.
- The risk of complications is typically reduced: Patients are moving around much sooner. As a result, the risk of blood clots – particularly in the legs – is greatly reduced.
- Dedicated robotic surgical suite: We have designated a specific suite location for robotic surgery procedures to insure our patients.
The Robotic Surgical System is an improvement over conventional laparoscopy, in which the surgeon operates while standing and uses handheld, long-shafted instruments that cannot bend or rotate. Also with conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon must look up and away from the instruments to a nearby video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy.
The surgical robot extends a surgeon’s capabilities to provide significant benefits including:
- Enhanced 3-D visualization
- Improved dexterity
- Greater surgical precision
- Improved access
- Increased range of motion
- Reproducibility – Enhances the surgeon’s ability to repetitively perform technically precise maneuvers such as endoscopic suturing and dissection.
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201 14th St SW
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