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Understanding Robotics

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Dr. Enver Ozer,
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What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is an advanced method of surgery using leading-edge technology called the da Vinci® system to perform minimally-invasive procedures. The robot is a sophisticated medical device that allows surgeons to operate through tiny incisions using enhanced imagery and incredibly precise movements.

How does it work?

From the surgeon console, the surgeon guides the robot’s every movement. Using a state-of-the-art camera, the surgeon sees high-resolution, three-dimensional images for enhanced accuracy.

The robot enables the surgeon to access vital organs through very small incisions. Using micro-instruments, the robot translates the surgeon’s hand motions to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures. These specialized instruments allow for an even greater range of motion than the human hand, resulting in unprecedented precision and control.

Successful robotic surgery requires experienced surgeons.

Robotic surgery offers patients numerous significant benefits, and its utility is being studied in more procedures all the time. But while this is an exciting step forward in technology, one thing remains the same: the experience of the surgeon is crucial to the success of the procedure.

Ohio State has the most skilled and experienced surgical team, including by specialty, in the state, and we offer the most comprehensive program. Because of this expertise, we have an extensive training program where we’re training the leaders of tomorrow. The experts are at Ohio State.

“When we employ the robot, we are not learning a new surgery. In fact, we use the same techniques as we would in open surgery. There is nothing automated about these devices; they simply allow for higher visual acuity, more precise movements and smaller instruments that translate into smaller incisions.” – Jeffrey Fowler, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Ohio State’s Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery


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