Robotic surgery is a type of keyhole procedure, where surgeons are able to control the robotic instruments as well as the camera to perform the operation through very small incisions. The main advantages are mainly attributed to improved ability to access deeper spaces in the abdomen and pelvis without making large incisions.
The robotic camera provides a high resolution, 3D vision and the robotic surgical arms, controlled by the surgeon. The robotic arm is able to provide highly precise movements, which mimic the surgeon’s hands. Consequently, surgeons are empowered to do complex surgery and replicate open surgery avoiding large and morbid incisions.
The main advantages of robotic surgery include:
- Reduced pain
- Reduced blood loss and transfusion
- Reduced complications after surgery
- Faster recovery and return to normal activity
- Minimise scarring
Robotic surgery does indeed require dedicated training and the surgical outcomes are highly dependent on the surgeon’s level of training and experience. Most urologists undertake additional fellowship training in dedicated centres, often overseas, to obtain this set of skills.
Dr Ahmadi underwent a 2-year fellowship in robotic urological surgery at Los Angeles, USA and trained under supervision of some of the world’s leaders in robotic surgery at Institute of Urology at University of Southern California.Dr Ahmadi is also a da Vinci accredited robotic surgery instructor and since his return to Australia has provided training and mentorship for many surgeons in NSW and Victoria.