Some people become hesitant when they hear that they may need surgery to remedy a medical condition. In particular, they worry over recovery time and potential scarring. Yet, advances in medical technology now allow for the least invasive surgical methods ever performed. At the forefront of this healthcare revolution is the da Vinci robotic surgery system. By using digital imagery and computerized pinpoint accuracy, robotic surgery allows patients to undergo treatment for many conditions, including thyroid issues, without the fear of scarring.
What is robotic thyroid surgery?
Robotic thyroid surgery is exactly as it sounds. With a qualified surgeon guiding it, a robotic system performs a patient’s thyroid surgery. While the robotic arms make all incisions and perform all surgical steps, the surgeon tracks and analyzes the patient’s condition with magnified computer imagery. In real time, the surgeon can monitor the progress of the procedure and make any necessary modifications to it. With these advances, patients can be guaranteed the best possible surgical results.
Why is robotic thyroid surgery preferable to traditional surgical options?
The thyroid, which resides in the neck area, often presents a unique challenge to surgeons because they have so little room in which to work when performing traditional surgery. The da Vinci robotic surgery system eliminates this concern, as its features can easily maneuver in the most confined areas. This allows for more effective surgical techniques. Also, in the past, patients would typically be left with a conspicuous scar across the back of their neck after thyroid surgery. Because robotic thyroid surgery makes only two small, “keyhole” incisions, one under the arm and the other in the chest, patients have no visible scarring after the procedure.
Who is a candidate for robotic thyroid surgery?
Any individual who requires thyroid surgery is a potential candidate for robotic surgery. If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition that requires invasive treatment, consult with your physician about your eligibility for robotic surgery.
Tulane Medical Center offers the da Vinci robotic surgery system for patients. If you must undergo surgery for your medical condition, call our patient referral line at (504) 988-5263 to find out more about our robotic surgery options.