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What is da Vinci Robotic Surgery

By: Karen Denovich
It is the most advanced surgical system in the world today and has been used in over 1.5 million successful surgical procedures. The system consists of three main parts; physician console, patient-side cart with four robotic arms and the main video tower. It increases the level of precision surgeons have, while limiting the negative effects of traditional surgery for patients.

Although the system is robotic, the surgeon performs the procedure and has complete control at all times. The advanced precision capabilities of the da Vinci Surgical System actually gives the surgeon greater control than if the procedure was performed without robotic assistance. One of the primary benefits of the da Vinci system is the high-definition, 3-D technology, which allows surgeons to magnify and visually inspect even the smallest surgical site.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

With the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons operate through just a few small incisions. The system translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, surgeons operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Robot assisted surgery has integrated safety mechanisms to prevent the arms from moving unless directly controlled by the surgeon. In addition, dual-control systems are available to allow surgeons to trade controls during complicated operations.

The benefits are undeniable and translate into benefits for patients as well. Many of the features allow surgeons to perform procedures that were previous not possible.

Enhanced Benefits for Patients

The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is the ideal solution for a variety of procedures including radical prostatectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, colon cancer and the surgical removal of uterine fibroids, among many others. It is minimally invasive and creates only tiny incisions through which the entire procedure is performed. This varies greatly from traditional open surgeries where the patient's entire abdomen is exposed during the procedure. The increased precision and minimal incisions offer numerous benefits for patients, including:

Quicker recovery time and a shorter hospital stay Fewer scars than with traditional surgery Less pain after the surgery Decreased blood loss during the surgery Lower risk of infection Reduced complications during and after the surgery In many cases, patients who have robotic laparoscopic hysterectomies are able to go home the day of or the day after surgery. In many cases, they are able to return to work within one to two weeks.

According to the manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical, the system is called da Vinci in part because Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot, according to the Italian academic Mario Taddei. Da Vinci also used anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details in his works.

The da Vinci System could potentially be used to perform truly remote operations via satellite uplink. This was, in fact, the original design objective of the system, though this was abandoned early in development. Technically the system could allow a doctor to perform telesurgery on a patient in another country.

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