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Is Recovery Time Quicker After Robotic Surgery vs Traditional Surgery?

By: USMD Team


Robotic surgery uses computer-assisted technology to help surgeons control and navigate surgical tools. This approach can offer many benefits over traditional procedures, including faster recovery times and lower rates of postoperative complications.

The physicians who operate at USMD Hospital at Arlington use three robot da Vinci® Surgical Systems to perform a wide range of procedures, including bariatric surgery, kidney surgery, and prostate surgery, among others. Robotic procedures are often considered a safe and viable option for many patients throughout the DFW and North Texas area. Learn more about our advanced systems by speaking with a member of our team today.

What procedures can be performed with robotic surgery?

The surgeons who perform robotic surgeries at USMD Hospital at Arlington have performed more than 16,900 robot-assisted surgeries since 2003. Patients have received minimally invasive surgery for a variety of medical conditions or issues that interfere with their health and quality of life.

During a robotic procedure, a surgeon guides the da Vinci Surgical System mechanisms while viewing 3D high-definition images of the surgical area. Our goal is to make procedures as safe and accessible as possible. This is why we offer robotic techniques for the following:

  • General surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Colon and rectal surgery
  • Urologic surgery
  • Prostate surgery
  • Kidney surgery
  • Hysterectomy and other gynecological procedures

Is recovery time shorter with a robotic procedure?

Patients who undergo robotic surgery generally experience less recovery time compared to those who have traditional procedures. This is because the da Vinci Surgical System creates smaller and more precise incisions that result in less bleeding and fewer postoperative complications. Some incisions are so small that there is no need for sutures or staples after surgery.

Patients who have robotic surgery at USMD Hospital at Arlington often leave the hospital within 1 – 2 days of their procedure. Most can return to daily activities 2 – 3 weeks later, but this timeline varies based on each patient’s individual health and the type of surgery performed. Your physician can help you weigh the benefits and risks of robotic surgery and provide detailed post-operative instructions to help facilitate recovery.

What other benefits can I expect from robotic surgery?

The da Vinci Surgical System offers many benefits for patients all across North Texas who need minimally invasive surgery, including:

  • Reduced discomfort: Since this technology allows for smaller incisions, patients often experience less pain and discomfort after treatment. Recovery can be much easier to manage as a result.
  • Less blood loss: Smaller incisions generally mean less bleeding at the incision site.
  • A wider array of procedures: Our surgeons perform various procedures with the da Vinci Surgical System, offering a minimally invasive approach to surgery for many health conditions.

Are robotic procedures safe?

The highly trained surgeons who operate at USMD Hospital at Arlington are proud to use cutting-edge surgical tools that allow them to perform a variety of surgeries with high rates of success. While some risks are involved with any procedure, your surgeon and care team can provide you with thorough explanations of all potential complications and help ensure you are fully prepared every step of the way.

Spend less time in recovery after robotic surgery

Robotic surgery has resulted in safer and more accessible surgical care for residents all across Arlington and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area. If you are in need of minimally invasive surgery and would like to explore your options, please use our physician directory to connect with a surgeon near you. USMD Hospital at Arlington is proud to serve as a source for advanced robotic care in North Texas.

USMD Hospital at Arlington is a joint venture with Texas Health Resources and meets the definition under federal law of a physician-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital. A list of physician owners is available upon request.