What is robotic surgery?

​Robotic surgery has transformed the way that surgeons can carry out complex surgical procedures.

Surgical robots allow minimally invasive procedures to be performed with more control, precision, and flexibility, and offer better outcomes for patient.

Systems such as the da Vinci Surgical System used at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi don’t replace the role of the surgeon, but act to enhance their skills.

The surgical robot acts as an extension of the surgeon. Instruments are controlled using robotic arms which are guided via a control system. It offers unparalleled precision, in a way that would not be possible with human hands alone.

What procedures can be performed with robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is used for a wide range of procedures which previously would have involved open surgery and larger incisions.

Our surgeons at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi utilize robotic surgery in the following institutes:

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform the most intricate and complex operations in minimally invasive ways.

And when operations are less invasive, they have fewer complications associated with them.

Some of the benefits for patients include:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller scars
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Fewer complications that can arise from surgery
  • Often better clinical outcomes

Frequently Asked Questions

Who performs robotic surgery?

There is a misconception that it is a robot that performs robotic surgery, without human intervention.
This isn’t true and during the procedure, the surgeon is in control the entire time, with the surgical robot acting as an extension of the surgeon. Very precise instruments and a detailed camera are controlled using robotic arms and guided via a control system.

Can any doctor perform robotic surgery?

Only robotic surgery trained surgeons are certified to use this sophisticated tool at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
The medical team performing robotic surgery are recruited from all over the world and bring a vast range of expertise, knowledge and technical experience. Our teams are pioneers of robotic surgery in the UAE, having used the system for a range of procedures since 2015.

How does the robotic surgical equipment work?

During robotic surgery, one doctor will stay at the patient’s bedside while the surgeon moves to a control room. From there, the surgeon will use a computer console to control very precise instruments using robotic arms. Four arms are in operation simultaneously, using hand and foot outputs, one with a camera, two acting as the surgeon’s hands and one to assist. The automated surgery can be performed through much smaller incisions, with the camera providing a highly magnified, high-definition real-time view of the surgical area. 
Systems such as the da Vinci Surgical System used at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi have revolutionized the use of robotic surgery.

Is robotic surgery safe?

Is robotic surgery right for me?

The use of robotics surgery is vast, including heart and vascular treatments, digestive diseases, benign and malignant abdominal surgery, bariatric, urological and colorectal surgeries, and gynecological services.

Hear from patients who have benefited from robotic surgery

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Meet the doctors performing robotic surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu DhabiView All

  • Digestive Disease Institute
    General Surgery
  • Digestive Disease Institute
    General Surgery
  • Heart & Vascular Institute
    Cardiac Surgery
  • Digestive Disease Institute
    General Surgery

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