Reasons for Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery is a laparoscopic technique that uses a robotic console to support the surgeon with various aspects of the procedure. Rather than manually performing the surgery, your surgeon will use robotic arms to carry out the elements involved in the surgery. However, your surgeon remains in complete control of the robotic arms for the duration of the surgery. At no point does the robot have any control over what it is doing, but your surgeon using the arms allows for more controlled and precise movements during the surgery. Before a surgeon can use this technique to perform this surgery, they must be successfully trained in the robotic surgical system that is


The robot that is used has four arms. One holds a high-magnification 3D which is inserted into your abdomen through one of the tiny incisions used to perform your surgery. This camera feeds back a real-time image onto a screen in the theater which shows your surgeon what is happening. The other robotic arms hold the various, small-sized instruments used to perform the surgery.

What Conditions can be Treated Using Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery?


Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery can be used to perform many minimally invasive surgeries including, but not limited to:


  • Colorectal surgery

  • Gynecological surgery

  • Heart surgery

  • Surgery for endometriosis

  • Head and neck surgery

  • Thoracic surgery

  • Urologic surgery


Your surgeon will be able to advise you if the procedure that you require can be performed using robot-assisted laparoscopy.

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery


There are many different benefits of having robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery over conventional open surgery. These include:

  • Smaller incisions, which mean less scarring.

  • Greater accuracy and precision with minimal risk of error.

  • Your surgeon sees a highly magnified, high-resolution image of the operating field with is superior to what they would see with their own eyes when performing the surgery directly by hand.

  • Your surgeon can perform delicate surgeries in hard-to-reach places.

  • Less risk of complications during the surgery itself and after, during the recovery period.

  • Less blood loss during your surgery.

  • Patients can usually start eating and drinking more quickly following surgery.

  • Less post-surgical pain than with open surgery.

  • Faster recovery and return to your usual activities with most patients making a full recovery within 6 weeks of their procedure.


If you are interested in finding out more about robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, please contact our knowledgeable team in New Lenox, IL by calling (815) 240-0554.


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