What is da Vinci Robotic Surgery?

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The da Vinci® Surgical System is often called robotic, but in truth, a doctor, not a robot, will perform your operation. Beyond that, there may be little about a da Vinci procedure that resembles the surgery you have seen on TV.

Perhaps the most obvious difference is that instead of standing next to the patient with gloved hands manipulating instruments inside an incision, the surgeon using the da Vinci system sits across the room from the patient. With eyes trained on a console with a screen, the doctor follows 3-D images from a camera placed inside the patient through a small incision. The camera, and surgical instruments are placed inside the patient through a few incisions, each no larger than a dime. The surgeon uses the console’s master controls to maneuver the four robotic arms that hold the instruments. The instruments’ jointed-wrist design exceeds the natural range of motion of the human hand; allowing the surgeon to operate with more precision and steadier movements compared with hand-held instruments. Unlike conventional approaches, the target anatomy appears at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of field.

By providing surgeons with superior vision, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci® Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex and delicate dissection or reconstruction. This ultimately raises the standard of care for challenging surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits compared to traditional surgery. Learn more about da Vinci® Robotic Surgery 

DaVinci at SFHMC 5-12With major surgery performed through  dime-sized incisions, patients eligible for the da Vinci® approach can expect:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complicatons
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Faster return to normal activities
  • Excellent clinical outcomes