The surgeon still carries out the procedure, but not by putting hands directly on the patient, instead by means of a robotic console which allows for more controlled and precise movements.
Before robotic surgery, as with any conventional surgery, your doctor will discuss what medication you need to discontinue and start. Most often patients are asked to stop taking blood thinning medications like aspirin, certain herbal medications or supplements, etc. Your doctor will also advise you about other medications such as antibiotics, diabetes medication or blood pressure medication prior to surgery. Do not start or discontinue any medication without being advised by your doctor to do so.
Tobacco use slows down the healing capacity of the body and also slows the ability to fight infections by lowering the effectiveness of the immune system. Cessation of smoking or other tobacco products is therefore advisable prior to the surgery.
Dietary changes will be advised the day prior to surgery. Most doctors recommend a fasting for 6-8 hours before scheduled surgery.
Ensure that you have arranged for a care-taker as resuming regular routine immediately after surgery is not advisable.
After the surgery, you’ll admitted in a recovery room where your vital signs will be monitoredtill you are awake and stable. You’ll be given analgesics to take care of any pain or post-operative discomfort. Intravenous fluids to take care of nutrition will be provided till you are able to digest regular food. Supporting staff will aid you in mobilizing by walking as soon as possible in the post-operative period. Once you are cleared to go home, you may be prescribed some medications to prevent infections or manage any pain or discomfort.