The use of robotic surgery allows for more precision, control, and flexibility when performing difficult surgeries compared to more traditional techniques. It also allows doctors to operate in areas that before now were inaccessible. Robotic surgery typically requires smaller incisions and is less invasive than traditional surgical options, making it increasingly popular among surgeons and patients alike.
Robotic surgery involves a tiny camera and separate mechanical arms with attached surgical instruments, which the doctor operates using a computer console located near the operating table. Robotic surgery provides a high-quality, magnified view of the surgical site, enhancing precision during delicate operations. With robotic surgery, patients experience quicker recovery times and less noticeable scarring at the incision site.
At Urology of Greater Atlanta, we offer two types of robotic surgery.
Robotic prostatectomy is a surgery used in the treatment of prostate cancer. Patients diagnosed with prostate cancer may need surgery to remove the cancerous cells or tumor, and a robot-assisted surgery allows for a more detailed view of the surgical site. Smaller incisions and quicker recovery time are exceptionally important during this surgery because of the prostate location in your body.
Robotic sacrocolpopexy is a surgery used to address vaginal and uterine prolapse. Prolapse occurs when the pelvic muscles have weakened and are no longer able to support the organs above them, such as the bladder or the uterus. In some cases, the organs drop, pushing against the vaginal wall, making intercourse painful and providing a constant source of discomfort in the lower belly.
With robotic sacrocolpopexy, the organs are lifted, and a mesh wall is surgically attached to help support the pelvic muscles. Given the delicate nature of this area of the body, a minimally invasive surgery is often the best choice to resolve the effects of prolapse.
Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Alienor Gilchrist or Dr. Benjamin Lee to find out if either of these procedures is right for you.