Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) was first in the San Bernardino and Riverside county area to offer robotic and minimally invasive surgery to treat cancer as well as a variety of other conditions that impair men's health. By leveraging the precision of robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery and our expert surgical skill and experience, we continue to offer the highest level of leading-edge surgical cancer treatment for men, especially in treating prostate cancer with the da Vinci Prostatectomy Surgical Program.
What is Robotic & Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery refers to surgical procedures that use fewer, smaller incisions than traditional open surgery for the same procedure, which can result in incisions up to 12 inches long. Depending on the precise nature of the procedure, minimally invasive surgery may also be referred to as:
- Arthroscopic surgery
- Endoscopic surgery
- Keyhole surgery
- Laparoscopic surgery
- Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery is a distinct type of minimally invasive surgery, in which use of robotic instruments and mechanized processes significantly reduces the degree to which a surgery is invasive and requires a patient to be "opened" up. Despite the use of robotics in minimally invasive surgery, it is important to note that surgeons are still performing the procedure, as human precision and discretion is still an irreplaceable part of the surgical process.
Benefits of Robotic & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Robotic and other minimally invasive surgeries have remarkable benefits for both patients and doctors, as they can:
- Cut down on the time it takes to perform a surgical procedure
- Minimize blood loss, pain and the need for transfusions during the surgery
- Decrease the chances men will experience complications, such as infections, and post-operative side effects, such as scarring
- Result in shorter hospital stays
- Speed up men's healing and recovery time
In addition to cutting down on men's hospital bills, robotic and minimally invasive surgery makes the overall surgical experience far less traumatic to men – on both a physical and emotional level.
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