What is and what can robotic surgery do?

Robots have been used in the operating room for more than 20 years. Especially in urology, the DaVinci robot is used to remove the prostate or for partial kidney resections. The company Intuitive Surgical calls its surgical robot DaVinci, so the term DaVinci Surgery is often used alongside the term robotic surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery with robotics

Minimally invasive surgery has been the standard for operations in the abdominal cavity since the beginning of the 90s, especially for operations in the upper abdomen and the small pelvis. The swiss1chirurgie clinic has an accomplished robotic surgeon in Dr Zehetner who then uses this technology whenever it makes sense.

The robot further refines and simplifies the minimally invasive surgical technique, but in the hands of experts, it has not yet shown any directly measurable benefits for the patient. With the latest generation of DaVinci surgical robots, a new tissue-sparing technique is possible that will also bring directly measurable benefits for the patient in the future. Responsible experts like Dr. Zehetner know when the use of a new expensive method makes sense and when it does not.

Individual decisions for minimally invasive robotic surgery

In the swiss1chirurgie clinic, the options for robotic surgery are always presented individually and used with the patient’s consent. In the interest of the patient, the focus is always on the ideal operation, surgical technique and the appropriate medical environment.

Robotic surgery can be used in oesophageal surgery, reflux surgery, oncological surgery, hernia surgery and colorectal surgery, especially in cases of complicated procedures, the use of the DaVinci robot can simplify and support the surgery through better ergonomics, better movement of the instruments through control with increased degrees of freedom, as well as through 3D HighDefinition optics.

Using the possibilities of robotic surgery

The swiss1chirurgie clinic has the opportunity to use the DaVinci surgical robot in a targeted manner at the Hirslanden Clinics (Salem Hospital) in Bern. This is always an option if the individual requirements are right and the type of surgical intervention makes the use of DaVinci robots sensible.

Especially for the use of robotic surgery, personal consultation at swiss1chirurgie is the tried and tested way to dispel prejudices and concerns and to give patients the certainty that they will be treated with the optimal surgical technique in their particular case.

More information on the field of application of robotic surgery is also available at www.zfbc.ch.