Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, allows doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques. From a console in the operating room, the surgeon views the internal organs through a 3D monitor and controls robotic arms inserted into the abdomen using 'masters' which are similar to joysticks. Robotic surgery is usually associated with minimally invasive surgery — procedures performed through tiny incisions.
Robotic surgery isn't an option for everyone. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of robotic surgery and how it compares with other techniques, such as other types of minimally invasive surgery and conventional open surgery.
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