If you are going to have surgery, you may be given a choice between Open, Laparoscopic, or Robotic Surgery. Robotic Surgery performed on the abdomen area of the body is referred to as laparoscopic robotic surgery. Your surgeon will help you to make the best choice for you, depending on the type of surgery you are having and your medical history. You may be wondering what the differences are and the advantages of each.

Traditional open surgery consists of making a large incision for the surgeon to see and place his hands and surgical tools inside your body to work. Laparoscopic surgery consists of several small incisions through which the surgeon inserts a small scope with a camera, and uses the picture displayed on a monitor next to the patient to guide him in using the smaller tools inserted through the other incisions. Robotic surgery uses slightly smaller incisions than laparoscopic surgery uses, but rather than the surgeon holding the instruments, the surgeon sits by the monitor away from the patient and manipulates the robotic arms that use the tools in the patient, giving him greater range of motion and dexterity with high definition, magnified 3D imaging. Each option offers advantages that surpass the other options.

  • Open Surgery causes more trauma to the body because of larger incisions and larger tools being used, resulting in more pain, longer recovery time, and more scarring. Sometimes this may be the only option due to medical history.
  • Laparoscopic Surgery offers smaller incisions and uses smaller tools, but because human hands are being used there is still a limit to their range of motion and dexterity. The camera provides the surgeon with better vision than open surgery due to the ability to move the camera around. The smaller incisions mean less trauma to the body than open surgery resulting in less pain, faster recovery, and minimal scarring.
  • Laparoscopic Robotic Surgery offers slightly smaller incisions. The advantages to robotic surgery are the range of motion, dexterity, and precision the robot has over human hands. The surgeon is provided with high definition, magnified 3D imaging to provide the best view and accuracy.


Is Laparoscopic Robotic Surgery Safe?

All surgical procedures have a risk of complications. Surgical robots are simply another tool in the hands of the surgeon. The success of robotic surgery depends on the experience of the surgeon performing the procedure. The surgeons at Central Valley Surgical Specialists are experienced and highly trained in robotic surgery performing a high volume of surgeries with exceptionally low complication rates. Our patients gain significant benefits from robotic surgery with better short-term and long-term outcomes. They experience less pain, faster recovery, less body disfigurement, less blood loss, less internal body adhesions, less chance of infection, and less chance of severe lung problems such as pneumonia or atelectasis.

Contact the robotic surgical specialists at Central Valley Surgical Specialists to discuss your options for Laparoscopic Robotic Surgery. Put yourself in the hands of our experienced, top-rated surgeons!


Comparing Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery

Both procedures are minimally invasive and offer clear advantages over open surgery. This chart depicts the differences.





tiny incisions

tiny incisions

Surgical Instruments


small instruments

surgeon’s console

robotic instruments


small instruments

bedside console

Location of Surgeon

remote console


Surgery Process

surgeon sits at console and directs robot movements as the instruments respond in body in real time

surgeon operates with instruments inserted through the small incisions


High definition

3D imaging

Better than open

2D imaging


highest possible dexterity, robotic instruments can rotate full 360° and are more flexible than human hands/wrist, improved precision

limited range of motion of human hand/wrist


robotic instruments can reach areas inaccessible to human hands

better than traditional open surgery due to smaller instruments, significantly less than robotic surgery


Significantly shorter recovery compared to open, slightly shorter recovery than laparoscopic

Significantly shorter recovery compared to open

Risk of Infection and blood loss




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