Transforming lives, one surgery at a time.

At Halifax Health, innovation meets expertise with our Robotic Surgery program, offering advanced minimally invasive technology to patients. These robot-assisted surgery procedures use specialized technology that enhances the capabilities of your surgeon’s hands.

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What is Robotic Surgery?

Robot-assisted surgery uses specialized technology that enhances the capabilities of your surgeon’s hands. It allows surgeons to perform procedures in tight areas through small incisions. This technology also allows for precise movements and enhanced magnification.

The technology consists of:

  • Surgical arms with tiny instruments with wrists at the tip

  • Special cameras that provide enhanced magnified 3D views of the surgical area

Robotic Surgery FAQs

  • One of the main advantages is that it enables surgery through smaller incisions.

    Other advantages of robotic surgery include:

    • Greater precision: The robotic arm’s movements are more exact than a human hand. And their range of motion is greater. The arms rotate instruments in tight spaces in ways that aren’t otherwise possible

    • Better visualization: A sophisticated camera provides magnified, high-definition views of the surgical area. It also has 3D capabilities for imaging that are superior to the naked eye

    • Ability to do surgery inside the body: The small instruments allow surgeons to perform steps of the operation inside your body when traditionally, they would have had to make a much larger incision to do that part of the procedure outside of your body

  • With robot-assisted surgery, you may experience:

    • Less pain during recovery

    • Lower risk of infection

    • Reduced blood loss

    • Shorter hospital stays

    • Smaller scars

    • First, your surgeon makes one or more small incisions

    • Through these incisions, your surgeon places ports (thin tubes). The robot is attached to these ports and instruments are then placed through them

    • A long, thin camera (endoscope) is placed through one of the ports. The camera provides high-definition images in 3D during the surgery

    • Surgical instruments are placed through the other ports, which allows the surgeon to do the operation

    • Your surgeon controls the robotic arm while sitting at a console a few feet away from you

    • An assistant stays next to you to help the surgeon by changing the instruments when needed

    • Gynecology

    • Hernia repair

    • Urology

    • Bariatric Surgery

  • Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee replacement is a treatment option for adults living with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.

    Mako provides you with a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy.

    • A CT scan of the diseased knee joint is taken

    • The CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your knee is created

    • The 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your total knee replacement

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