Traditional vs. Robotic Partial Gastrectomy
There are several ways to perform a partial gastrectomy. These include a traditional approach, in which part of the stomach is removed through a standard incision in the abdomen, and a minimally invasive robotic approach, in which smaller incisions and robot-assisted technologies are used to complete the procedure.
When performing traditional or minimally invasive robotic surgery, the surgeon remains in full control of the entire operation (technology does not take over the process at any time during a robotic operation). However, when performing traditional surgery, the surgeon relies solely on his or her own hands and eyes, while the robotic approach allows for enhanced visualization and surgical precision by:
- Displaying high-definition, real-time images of the patient’s stomach
- Translating the surgeon’s hand movements (carried out on a surgical console) into precise motions performed by robotic arms
Robotic instruments can bend and rotate in ways that even the steadiest human hand cannot, which can lead to better surgical outcomes. Additionally, patients who undergo robotic surgery often have a higher quality of life, as the minimally invasive approach is typically associated with less scarring, lower complication rates and shorter hospital stays. However, in some situations, traditional surgery is the best option, with factors such as the patient’s age, medical history and diagnosis playing a role in the development of an optimal treatment plan.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our team is committed to providing each patient with the treatments that are most likely to help him or her achieve the best possible prognosis and quality of life. We perform traditional, minimally invasive and robotic partial gastrectomies using the newest and most effective technologies, including the da Vinci® Surgery System. And, because our surgeons exclusively specialize in gastrointestinal surgery, they are able to perform a variety of complex procedures with a high level of expertise.
To learn more about the differences between traditional and robotic surgery, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. Our surgical oncologists can help you determine which options are most appropriate for your needs. No referral is required to request an appointment.