Robotic Surgery

Earl McAllister, MD, FACS

Board Certified General Surgeon located in Tampa, FL

When you need to make difficult decisions about getting a surgical procedure, it’s important to know that you have choices to make. In many cases, one of your options is robotic surgery. Earl McAllister, MD, FACS, has extensive training and years of experience performing robotic surgery, which enables more precise surgery with less stress on the surrounding tissues. If you face surgery, call Dr. McAllister at Florida Medical Clinic in Tampa, Florida, to schedule an appointment and learn whether you’re a good candidate for robotic surgery.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery combines Dr. McAllister’s personal attention and surgical skill with a cutting-edge robotic system that allows him to achieve more precise surgical results. Using the innovative da Vinci® Surgical System, Dr. McAllister maintains complete control of the surgical procedure using sensors that transmit his hand motions to the robotic arms.

When you undergo robotic surgery, you have a full surgical team in attendance, ensuring your procedure goes smoothly. In addition to Dr. McAllister, your team includes assisting surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and surgical technicians.

How does the da Vinci Surgical System work?

There are three parts to the da Vinci system. One part that contains image processing equipment stands next to your bed, where it’s monitored by members of your surgical team.

A second part contains the surgical components, including multiple robotic arms. One of the robotic arms is equipped with a camera and lighting, while other arms hold the necessary surgical instruments.

The third component is the surgeon’s console. Dr. McAllister sits at the console, where he views the surgical site on a monitor. He wears highly sensitive controllers on his hands that direct the robotic arms.

What are the advantages of robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System?

The robotic system instruments are smaller than the surgeon’s hand, so they can perform surgery in hard-to-reach areas with minimal distress to the surrounding tissues. The da Vinci robot also contains advanced technology that offers advantages such as:

Superior visualization

With 3D, high-definition, and zoom capabilities, the robotic system gives Dr. McAllister extreme clarity and a better view inside your body than can be achieved with other imaging systems.

EndoWrist™ instruments

Each robotic arm is equipped with EndoWrist instruments that enable fingertip control, fine movement, and a range of motion that’s better than human hands. Dr. McAllister’s hand and finger movements are essentially transformed into the equivalent of tiny surgical instruments inside the body.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive robot surgery?

Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, which means Dr. McAllister makes several small incisions rather than one long incision. Minimally invasive surgery means:

  • Less bleeding during surgery
  • Minimal postoperative pain
  • Quicker recovery following surgery
  • Minimal scarring

Depending on the type of surgery performed, you may be able to go home the same day. If you need to stay in the hospital, you’ll be there for fewer days compared to open surgery.

To learn more about robotic surgery, call Florida Medical Clinic or book a consultation online.