Robotic Surgery FAQs

Thanks to advances in the field of technology, robotic surgery is now used by surgeons to help them perform complicated procedures, improving patient outcomes and accelerating recovery times.  

What's robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is performed using techniques that rely on making tiny incisions (called minimally invasive). It allows your Mercy surgeon to operate with greater precision than more standard techniques. 

How does robotic surgery work?

During robotic surgery, your Mercy surgeon uses a computer to remotely control surgical instruments connected to robotic arms. A 3D camera can be inserted through a small incision, which allows your doctor to see during your procedure. 

Is robotic surgery the same as laparoscopic surgery?

No. During a laparoscopic surgery, your doctor will handle all equipment manually, as opposed to handling it remotely during robotic surgery. Robotic surgery is also considered superior due to the technology’s ability to access hard-to-reach places. 

Does Medicare cover robotic surgery?

As long as your surgery is deemed necessary, Medicare should cover expenses relating to a robotic surgery. Your own individual coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package, so you should contact a representative for more information. 

What's robotic surgery used for?

Robotic surgery can be used during any medical procedure. You’ll want to talk with your doctor to see how your operation is being performed, and if robotics will assist him or her during your operation.  

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Experienced surgeons are available at Mercy to perform robotic surgical procedures.

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