Although both methods are minimally invasive surgeries, there are some additional benefits to robotic surgery. These include:
- In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon inserts tools and a video-assisted camera into the abdomen and performs the surgery using tools operated with his hands. In robotic surgery, the surgeon operates from a console and the hand controls the tools used for surgery.
- With laparoscopic surgery, the range of movements of the tools are limited to up and down or side to side. With robotic surgery, the range of movements is all round and wider as the instruments are 'wristed'.
- The video images associated with laparoscopic surgery are two-dimensional. The imagery in robotic surgery is three-dimensional, high definition and magnified which makes the surgery more precise.
- There is less manipulation of tissues, less bleeding and less pain in robotic surgery as compared to laparoscopic surgery.