Tampa, Florida -- Faster recovery, less blood loss and a minimally invasive procedure are what patients are experiencing after undergoing robotic surgery.
These outcomes have more physicians turning to this type of technology.
Moffitt surgeon Jacques Fontaine, M.D. explained that the robot does not do all of the work and it's more or less assisting with the surgery.
"Contrary to popular belief the robot does not perform the surgery," said Fontaine. "The robot is rather a precise tool that's used by the surgeon to perform the surgery."
I was inside the operating room as Dr. Fontaine led his surgical team through a robotic surgery procedure and removed a tumor from a patient's lung.
The camera allows for better accuracy, the robotic hands help with precision. Dr. Fontaine controls the nearly $2 million robot with joysticks.
Richard House is one of Fontaine's patients who battled cancer for several years. House explained that robotic surgery was life changing.
"I'm at work, I'm able to eat, I'm able to speak, I'm able to live," said House.
Fontaine points out that 85% of his surgeries are done robotically.