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Robotic Surgery

Ramon Vazquez, MD -  - Board Certified General Surgeon

Ramon Vazquez, MD

Board Certified General Surgeon & Vascular and Endovascular Surgery located in West Palm Beach, FL

Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that offers the highest level of surgical precision and control. Board-certified general surgeon Ramon Vazquez Jr., MD, uses the newest technologies at his practice in West Palm Beach, Florida, including robotic surgery. Call Ramon Vazquez, MD, PA, or book an appointment online today to see an expert robotic surgeon.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is also called robot-assisted surgery because it uses the assistance of a robotic arm and surgical instruments to provide a greater range of motion and enhanced precision. Dr. Vazquez uses state-of-the-art robotic surgical technology by Intuitive to perform complex procedures without making a large incision. 

During a robotic procedure, Dr. Vazquez is in complete control the entire time, working from a surgeon’s console. He operates the surgical instruments, which respond in real time to his hand movements. The system also includes a slim camera that sends 3D, high-definition images of the inside of your body to Dr. Vazquez’s console. 

What procedures can use robotic assistance?

Dr. Vazquez may use robotic technology to assist with many surgical procedures in the foregut, midgut, hepatobiliary, colon, and rectal areas. Common surgeries that use robotic assistance include:

  • Esophageal surgery
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) surgery
  • Stomach surgery
  • Small bowel surgery
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Diverticulitis surgery
  • Gallbladder and pancreas hernias surgeries
  • Diaphragm and abdominal wall surgery
  • Inguinal surgery

Dr. Vazquez also performs minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery in the lower back (lumbar spine). Laparoscopic surgery also uses a thin camera to visualize the inside of your body through a very small incision. 

What should I expect from robotic surgery?

First, Dr. Vazquez carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure robotic surgery is right for you. Robotic surgery successfully treats many conditions, but some cases still require an open surgical approach. 

For less-complicated procedures, Dr. Vazquez may perform surgery on an outpatient, or ambulatory, basis, so you don’t have to stay in the hospital. During robotic surgery, you lie on the patient table while he operates from a separate console. 

First, he makes a small incision to insert the camera (laparoscope). This provides him with an up-close view of the inside of your body. After he locates the area that needs treatment, Dr. Vazquez makes 1-3 more tiny incisions, about the size of a buttonhole, for the specialized surgical tools. 

The robotic instruments respond to Dr. Vazquez’s hand movements but have a greater range of motion and capacity for control than the human hand. This provides him with an enhanced level of precision throughout the procedure. 

Because robotic surgery is minimally invasive, it involves less risk of complications, smaller scars, and a faster, less painful recovery for you. 

Call the office of Ramon Vazquez, MD, PA, or book an appointment online today to learn more about robotic surgery.