Robotic Surgery Benefits
The da Vinci® robotic surgery system gives surgeons a high definition, 3-D view of the operating site. With the ability to magnify images up to 10 times, it provides an enhanced view of delicate structures, allowing surgeons to more easily preserve important nerve function and perform complex tissue reconstruction.
Benefits for the Patient
Compared to traditional open surgery, robotic-assisted surgery offers patients the following potential benefits:
- Better clinical outcomes
- Faster recovery
- Less blood loss and need for transfusion
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Less scarring
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Shorter hospital stay
- Single Site offered for some procedures
How Robotic Surgery Works
The da Vinci® surgical system is not an independent robot at work. It cannot be programmed, and it cannot make decisions on its own. The surgeon directs every move the robot makes.
During this procedure, the doctor is seated at a console a few feet away from the patient, looking at a large monitor. Aided by a high-powered camera, the surgeon controls the robot arms that hold the surgical tools. The surgical system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements at the console into precise movements of surgical instruments on the patient. A surgical team stays at the patient’s side to supervise the robotic arms.
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Content Updated: November 9, 2014