Robotic surgery in Largo, Florida
Largo Medical Center has a dedicated robotic surgical suite where we perform surgical procedures using robotic technology. This provides surgeons an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. This minimally invasive surgical method features many benefits for patients, including faster recovery and less pain.
With robotic surgery, the surgeon's hands are at the controls of an advanced, precise robotic platform. Our state-of-the-art robotic surgical system features a second console allowing for an additional surgeon to join the procedure.
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How robotic-assisted surgery works
At Largo Medical Center, we offer advanced technology and techniques in our surgical procedures.
During a robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon remains in full control of the robotic surgery system at a console next to the patient. The system has robotic "joints," which offer greater accessibility and a greater range of motion than the human wrist. These joints seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny surgical instruments inside the body.
With a tiny camera attached to the small surgical instruments, surgeons are able to view 3D, high-definition and magnified images of the surgical site. This advanced robotic system allows surgeons are able to perform some of the most complex and delicate minimally invasive procedures through very small incisions.
Additionally, robotic surgery enhances the surgeon’s ability to repetitively perform technically precise maneuvers such as endoscopic suturing and dissection.
In conventional laparoscopy, 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.
In our dedicated robotic surgical suite, our advanced robotic surgery system has a second console available for a second surgeon to be involved in the surgery. The second console is also used to train future surgeons and to fulfill Largo Medical's teaching hospital purposes.
Patient benefits of robotic surgery
Robotic surgery offers patient many benefits, including:
- Smaller incisions for minimal scarring
- Faster healing times
- Less pain (Most patients stop using oral narcotics within 24 hours.)
- Reduced risk of complications (Patients are moving around much sooner, greatly reducing the risk of blood clots.)
Robotic surgery procedures
Largo Medical Center uses robotic surgery for:
- General surgery–hernias, gall bladders
- Bariatric surgery (surgical weight loss) – gastric sleeve
- Spine surgery
- Kidney organ donor surgery – nephrectomies