One of the surgical procedures that is becoming increasingly popular is robotic prostate cancer surgery. Even though your doctor may have explained the process and procedures to you regarding this surgery, you might still have a few misconceptions. Here are a few of the myths about robotic surgery as a whole and the truth behind each myth.
Robots are In-Charge
One of the biggest myths regarding robotic surgery is that the robot is in complete control. What this usually means is that the robot would not have anyone controlling it or handling the equipment. In some cases, this myth is based on the idea that the entire procedure is computer operated with the robot doing what a computer program states to do. The truth of the matter is that a doctor is operating the robotic device and can stop it or maneuver it at anytime if there is a problem.
Robots Are Less Reliable than a Doctor
Another misconception regarding robotic surgery is that the robot is less reliable and precise than a traditional surgeon. The entire reason that robots are being used in surgical procedures are to reach tiny areas that become difficult for a surgeon to work within. The robots can extend, reach, and make smaller cuts or incisions than a surgeon may be able to. This is especially true in situations where you are dealing with bladder issues, prostates, and other small areas.
Surgeons Can't Feel Around the Area
Surgeons have the ability to feel around an area. This means they can feel subtle changes in pressure, blockages, or other issues were touch can be vital. The myth is that the surgeon loses this ability if a robot is used for the surgery. The truth is the surgeon can still feel resistance to the robotic system and can see into a smaller area as well. The surgeon actually has the benefit of both a visual to an area he may not normally be able to see as well as the benefit of feeling the resistance or other issues with the robot.
These are only a few of the myths surrounding robotic surgery. If you are scheduled for robotic prostate cancer surgery, and you still have misgivings about the procedure, contact your doctor. They can offer a consultation and help answer any further questions you have. They can also help to set your mind at ease about the procedure itself.