Having any type of surgery is a little scary. You worry about scarring and how long it takes to recover.\nDepending on your condition, your doctor may have talked to you about robotic surgery. It may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but it’s actually a major advance in surgical care.\nWhat Is Robotic Surgery?\nAlso called robot-assisted surgery, this type of minimally invasive procedure uses tiny surgical instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Rather than make a large cut to perform surgery, your doctor makes small cuts and inserts the camera and tools.\nThe surgeon then sits at a console near you where he or she controls the surgical instruments. With robotic surgery, the surgeon is able to do more precise movements. The surgeon has complete control over every movement the entire time.\nThe da Vinci\u00ae Surgical System is FDA approved for a range of surgical specialties, including cancer surgery. UPMC offers robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System at 8 hospitals. A newer robotic device, the Flex\u00ae Robotic System, was recently approved for head and neck transoral surgery (TORS) and is utilized at UPMC Presbyterian. UPMC is the first institution to offer the Flex Robotic System.\nBenefits of Robotic Surgery\nThe goal of robotic surgery is to provide less invasive surgery with greater precision and the potential for fewer complications and a faster recovery. Previously, many surgeries required large incisions so the surgeon had enough room to work. By using robotic technology and tiny instruments, the surgeon has a greater range of motion without the need to make large incisions.\nOne of the main benefits of robot-assisted surgery is you have much smaller cuts leaving you with:\n\nLess scarring\nLess pain\nLess blood loss during surgery\n\nYou’re also more likely to have a faster recovery time, less time spent in the hospital, and fewer complications .\nLess scarring, less pain, and greater precision are just a few benefits of #roboticsurgery. Click To Tweet\nRobotic Surgery Risks\nLike any surgery, robotic-assisted surgery has potential risks. There’s always a chance that you will need open surgery (a large incision) to complete the procedure. Pain, infection, blood clots, and other risks are the same with robotic surgery as with any other type of surgery.\nUPMC has highly skilled physicians with extensive training using the da Vinci Surgical System. We offer robotic surgery for a range of specialties from bariatrics to cancer care to heart surgery.