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The Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Dr. Tran with a surgical team in the operating room.

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When it comes to your surgical needs, including hernia repair, anti-reflux surgery, bowel resection, endoscopy, gall bladder removal and more, we’ve got you covered at AdventHealth. We have one of the most experienced, world-class medical teams for robotic surgery in the country, including our featured expert, general surgeon Dan Tran, MD.

Dr. Tran utilizes the latest medical technology to perform minimally invasive robotic surgery that’s safer and leads to quicker recovery times for patients. We’re here with Dr. Tran to help you learn more about robotic surgery and understand how we can provide effective treatment and whole-person healing.

What is Robotic Surgery?

Dr. Tran says, “Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical treatment using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System™.”

What is the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System™?

The da Vinci™ robot has three major components: the surgeon console, the vision tower and the patient side cart. A camera allows the surgeon to view the area in which they are operating. The nimble robotic arms and instruments are what the surgeon uses to perform the procedure.

“The robot serves as an extension of the surgeon’s hands and eliminates the need for large incisions that are necessary in traditional open surgery,” explains Dr. Tran.

How is Robotic Surgery Performed?

The surgeon makes several small incisions about the size of a dime. A tiny robotic laparoscope and small robotic arms are inserted. The surgeon manipulates the camera and robotic arms to remove or repair the part of the anatomy being treated.

Dr. Tran reminds us that at AdventHealth, “Your health, safety and peace of mind come first. Robotic technology guides your surgeon’s movements and helps to optimize precision and accuracy.”

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Compared to traditional open surgery:

  • Incisions are smaller with robotic surgery, providing a quicker return to normal daily activities
  • Increased magnification of the surgery site to 10-times the size, combined with easily maneuverable robotic arms and instruments, which provides superior control and improved functional outcomes
  • Less risk of blood loss, practically eliminating the need for blood transfusions
  • Less time under anesthesia since the robotic prostatectomy only takes 60 to 90 minutes
  • Minimal pain
  • Shorter hospital stay; most patients leave within 24 hours
  • Quicker return to work

The Best Team for Your Robotic Surgery Needs

Dan Tran, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon with advanced fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery. Based in Tavares, Florida, Dr. Tran specializes in hernia repair, gallbladder removal, anti-reflux surgery, bowel resection and additional general surgery procedures including endoscopy.

Dr. Tran has many years of experience in the surgical treatment of colorectal, skin and breast cancers. He offers expert surgical consultations and compassionate treatment to residents of Lake County and its surrounding communities.

To request an appointment with Dr. Tran, click here. You deserve to feel whole — in body, mind and spirit.

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