Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
Somerset Urological Associates is proud to offer laparoscopic and robotic surgery to our patients. This cutting edge technology promotes faster heal time, eliminates pain and discomfort due to large incisions and stitches, and is able to be incredibly precise.
Laparoscopic surgery, also referred to as minimally invasive surgery, uses a small incision that is centimeters small to perform the procedure through. Once the incision is made, the laparoscope, which is a long fiber optic cable system, is inserted into the body and positioned to the area where the procedure will occur. Small tools like graspers, scissors, and clip appliers are used at the end of the laparoscope to perform movements within the body. The laparoscope is controlled by two handles that the surgeon holds, which track hand movements and rotation.
Robotic surgery is the evolution of laparoscopic surgery, as, with this procedure, the surgeon does not have to control the tools by handles. Rather, they use a 3D high-definition vision system and special instruments designed to take surgery beyond the limits of what the human hand can do. The da Vinci System used by Somerset Urological Associates doctors has been used successfully over 1.5 million times in various surgical procedures around the world. During a procedure with the da Vinci System, the surgeon sits at a console, where they control each and every movement of the robotic arms that are positioned over the patient. Benefits of having a robotic surgery include less post-op pain, less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, and quicker recovery.
If laparoscopy or robotic surgery has become your only option to treat your urological issues, Somerset Urological Associates will be there every step of the way, from initial consultation about the procedure, to the end of your recovery period, where you’ll be feeling as good as new.