Robotic pelvic floor surgery can restore natural anatomic structures allowing for improved continence. Surgeries performed using the daVinci robots typically result in less pain and quicker recovery.
Laparoscopy involves the use of scopes and small instruments through small incisions to perform surgery. At Emory, laparoscopy has evolved to become the preferred method for kidney and adrenal surgery and has broad applications for other types of surgery.
The advantages of laparoscopy include smaller incisions, less pain medication, a quicker recovery time, and better visualization by the surgeon using scopes and video that provide a magnified view of the area inside the patient's body.
Small (¼ to ½ inch) incisions are used to introduce instruments for laparoscopic surgery. The typical flank incision for open surgery is about eight to 10 inches, extending into the ribcage area.