• How many of you have had "robotic surgery" for any type of surgery?

    Asked by OldGuy on Friday, June 22, 2018

    How many of you have had "robotic surgery" for any type of surgery?

    How were your results? Any problems? Things go as were explained? I am supposed to have surgery next month and the surgeon says it will be robotic. I'm just not sold on it and keep seeing stories like this one showing they are no better and have problems.
    "Robotic surgery is no better than traditional surgery, bladder cancer study finds"
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/06/22/robotic-surgery-is-no-better-than-traditional-surgery-bladder-cancer-study-finds

    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      OldGuy, I've had laser surgery, but not robotic surgery. If you're uneasy about it, get a second and third doctors' opinions, and possibly change your surgery method to laser surgery. I recommend you go to a doctor at a medical school, since they are usually very up-to-date.

      I've always been told that laser surgeries have a much faster recovery time than traditional big incisions, and I assume somebody thinks there's some advantage to robotic surgery---that's the question to ask your doctor and weigh against the dis-advantages. (If you decide to do it, be sure and ask how many your doctor has done, if there were any complications, and what the possible complications could be.)

      I expect there's probably somebody else on WhatNext who's had robotic surgery and can give you more info. Wishing you the best with your surgery!

      about 1 month ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I haven't had it, but i saw some presentations about it 5 or 6 years ago. I would personally be excited to have robotic surgery, if given the opportunity.

      However, i agree wholeheartedly with @BarbarainBham. If you are uncomfortable with it, get second opinions ... and possibly request a different kind of surgery.

      As an aside, when i attended the presentation, they brought a robotic machine for us to see and play with. Pretty cool.

      Let us know what you decide.

      about 1 month ago
    • ProstateCancer's Avatar
      ProstateCancer

      I had prostate surgery with it, everything turned out alright.

      about 1 month ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I had robotic surgery and it was fine. I think it gives the doctor a little help to get it right.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have not had robotic surgery, but our company has lots of customers that have had it used for knee surgery/hip surgery/abdominal surgeries, etc. I don't think I have heard any horror stories about it. Everything comes with some risk, but overall the experiences listed here have been positive.

      30 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I had my "potentially curative" Stage IV rectal cancer surgery performed robotically. My surgeon is a board certified colorectal surgeon who developed the robotic program at the hospital. So he was well qualified.

      My surgery was done on Monday morning, and I was discharged on late Wednesday afternoon. For those of you who are familiar with abdominal surgery involving the colon and/or rectum, some patient's colons don't want to wake up and they may stay in the hospital 10+ days. The pain is from this type of open surgery is high and there are lots of complications.

      The morning after the surgery, I was able to drink coffee and warm beef broth. I usually hate beef broth, but it tasted wonderful to me.The second morning, they had me eating solid food - bacon, eggs and grits.

      My pain was about a 5 or 6 and managed with IV tylenol and codeine. No morphine needed.

      30 days ago
    • Phoenix76's Avatar
      Phoenix76

      I had a prophylactic oophorectomy, with the da Vinci robot. Highly recommend robotic surgery! It was a laparoscopic surgery and I stayed in the hospital overnight. I went home the next day, and had a quick recovery. My pain was also around a 5 or 6 & completely manageable with naproxen.

      Surgeons are specially trained for this type of surgery, and the camera on the device allows them a 3-D view. As one surgeon put it: "It allows me to stick my head into your abdomen, without sticking my head into your abdomen!" There have been remarkable surgeries done with it - like a cardiac bypass with the heart beating - on an 85-year old man - with complete success.

      Oh, and on my way into surgery, the anesthesiologist also stopped by to chat with me. He was very reassuring; I told him I was nervous/anxious about the surgery. He smiled and said, "That's completely normal! It's the ones who AREN'T nervous that we worry about...!"

      I'm now four years out from the surgery; no issues or complications. My view is if you've got to have major surgery, go with the robot!

      30 days ago
    • c1a1c1's Avatar
      c1a1c1

      My husband, who currently has metastatic prostate cancer, had his prostate removed robotically in late 2014. He choose robotic surgery because he was a candidate for either and was told the robotic choice would provide a quicker healing process and he was anxious to return to work. During the surgery his ureter was nicked unbeknownst to anyone for 12 days and he was in so much pain the home health nurse instructed him to get to the hospital ASAP where it was discovered he was leaking from his ureter. The doctors tried to repair (with stents) the damage they caused 3 times to no avail. He finally had to have major surgery to reimplant his ureter into his bladder - a long process with a week in ICU as all systems were failing. This was followed by stent exchanges every 4 months, which caused so much pain (bladder spasms) that he finally decided to go without - his injured kidney only operates at 14% now. No - we would not recommend robotic surgery.

      30 days ago
    • Kirvin's Avatar
      Kirvin

      I had robotic surgery for debulking surgery for Stage IV ovarian cancer. A surgery that normally would require 6 or 7 days in the hospital and months of recovery only required an overnight stay and six weeks of recovery. Minimal scarring too. They removed ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, appendix, omentum and I had very little pain and was out of the hospital in 24 hours. I strongly recommend it for being minimally invasive.

      30 days ago
    • Kirvin's Avatar
      Kirvin

      I had robotic surgery for debulking surgery for Stage IV ovarian cancer. A surgery that normally would require 6 or 7 days in the hospital and months of recovery only required an overnight stay and six weeks of recovery. Minimal scarring too. They removed ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, appendix, omentum and I had very little pain and was out of the hospital in 24 hours. I strongly recommend it for being minimally invasive.

      30 days ago
    • Bonecrusher's Avatar
      Bonecrusher

      Not me but my mom for a knee surgery and everything was fine, no problems.

      29 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      My esophagectomy was robot assisted, it was experimental and required 2 surgeons one manupulated the robot and the other one performed surgery regularly. It was a 9 hour surgery. There was a 15 day stay in the hospital and 3 week stay in a skilled nursing facility and nearly a year before I was up to steam. Given the fact that my original prognosis had been 4-9 months and it has now been 8 years I would say it was sucessful. Five years ago I had a robotic hysterectomy which was sucessful At the time of diagnosis I was in the hospital because my lath and plaster ceiling had fallen on me causing back injury, broken wrist, concussion and blood clot in the lung from breathing plaster dust. There were some complications (internal bleeding) but that was clot-busting treatment that was interupted 3 days after surgery I was discharged back to the medical floor for more clot-busting and then 3 weeks of rehab for back and head injuries. So given the circumstances I would say both surgeries were 100% sucessful

      29 days ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I just noticed that you have gallbladder cancer. The surgeons that did my esophagectomy were also perfecting surgery for gallbladder. That was 8 years ago years ago. It should be pretty much perfected by now.

      29 days ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      What kind of surgery are you going to have? The article refers to different results depending on the type of surgery.

      27 days ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      Had Robotic surgery for Prostate Removal, very specialized proceedure, as I tell folks, seek out a surgeon that has done hundreds if not thousands of them in his specialty to give you better piece of mind, post-op and recovery are drastically reduced..good luck

      24 days ago

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