Medical Monday: Robotic surgery leads to faster recovery

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Less invasive surgery options are shortening the recovery time for patients. Robotic surgery allows doctors to perform surgeries through smaller incisions as opposed to open surgeries, which can require incisions anywhere from three to eight inches long.

Doctors who perform robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci system sit at a console and move their hands. Those hand movements at the console move the robotic arms. The instruments that are used are small, and this increases precision.

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center Robotics Coordinator Lenora Hottinger said, "Anytime you are able to have a procedure that is done through small incisions, you decrease your chance for infection. It also increases your ability to get back to work faster. You have much less pain."

The da Vinci can be used for pediatric surgeries, urological surgeries and hysterectomies, just to name a few procedures.