What is Robotic Surgery?

What Is Robotic Surgery?

Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery entails the use of a surgical robot to facilitate the performance of complex operations without the need for a large incision. By combining robotics and state-of-the-art computer technology, surgeons can operate with greater dexterity and control than with traditional surgical approaches. In addition to a quicker recovery time, other potential benefits of robotic surgery include less blood loss, reduced postoperative pain, reduced risk for infection and faster recovery.

With robotic-assisted surgery, you can have major surgery with only a few tiny incisions, and may benefit from easier and faster recovery times, shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scaring and quicker return to normal daily activities.

da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to be more precise, and enhancing their capability in performing complex, minimally invasive surgery.

Surgeons using the da Vinci sit at a console where they have a three-dimensional view of their operating field. Below the screen, they work the master controls that guide the robotic arms, which manipulate the instruments and insert a tiny camera that enables them to see inside the patient. The surgical robot is unique because it provides 10x magnification, a three-dimensional view, and instrument arms that provide our surgeons with 7 degrees of freedom, allowing for movements that mimic a human wrist. Although seated at a console a few feet from the patient, the surgeon views an actual image of the surgical field while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using miniaturized, wristed instruments. The system replicates the surgeon’s movements in real time. It cannot make decisions on its own to move in any way or perform any type of surgical maneuver without the surgeon’s input.

The da Vinci System was introduced more than ten years ago and has been cleared by the FDA for a wide range of procedures. It has been used successfully in tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide. Its safety and efficacy have been documented in hundreds of thousands of clinical publications.

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