Robotic assisted surgery

The use of advanced technology is an essential component of modern general, visceral and transplant surgery. As such, minimally invasive surgery ("keyhole surgery") has been firmly established in our clinic for decades for all organ systems. The further development of this technology in terms of robotic-assisted surgery ("robotic surgery") allows the application of minimally invasive techniques even for complex benign and malignant disease patterns. Already at the end of 2017, the implementation of a surgery robot of the latest generation (da Vinci Xi ®) took place in our department. In the meantime, this has been successfully applied in the treatment of various diseases of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, colon and rectum. These include:

  •     Malignant tumors of the esophagus or stomach (e.g., esophageal and gastric carcinoma).
  •     Malignant tumors of the liver (e.g., hepatocellular or cholangiocellular carcinoma or metastases from other tumors)
  •     Benign and malignant tumors of the pancreas (e.g. pancreatic carcinoma)
  •     Benign and malignant tumors of the colon and rectum (e.g. ulcerative colitis, colon or rectal carcinoma)

The robot does not replace the surgeon. However, the surgeon does not operate directly on the patient, but is located at a control console a few meters away from the operating table. He uses two control elements to steer the instruments, which are located on special robot arms and were previously inserted into the body through small incisions. A camera, which is also inserted, enables the simultaneous display of the surgical area as a three-dimensional, high-resolution video image. By translating the surgical hand movements, the underlying electronics enable an even gentler surgical procedure in the smallest of spaces.

The robot therefore does not work autonomously, but rather optimizes surgical skills and creates the technical conditions for performing operations with maximum precision with minimum tissue damage. This means a reduction of internal and external scars as well as postoperative pain to a minimum and a correspondingly accelerated recovery following the respective procedure.

Please contact us personally if you would like to learn more about robot-assisted surgery in general or at our department.

Tel: 0511-532-6534 (office) oder -2032 (outpatient clinic)


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