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The Robotic Advantage

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Tiny, precise "wrists" translate the surgeon’s hand movements. “It’s like having my hands and eyes miniaturized and placed inside the patient,” says Leland Siwek, MD.

At its most basic level, robotic surgery is the same as minimally invasive surgery, like laparoscopy. With much smaller incisions than traditional “open” surgery, there are multiple proven benefits, including:

  • Quick recovery - smaller incisions make it possible to return to your normal activities.

  • Fewer risks - it’s not just about speed—it’s also about less risk of infection and less blood loss (and a reduced need for blood transfusions).

  • Less pain - for most patients, minimally invasive surgery also means much less pain and less time taking pain medicine.

  • A smaller scar - large scars, such as the infamous “zipper scar” left by traditional heart surgeries are replaced by a few ¼ to ½-inch marks.

So, if laparoscopic surgery has all those benefits, what advantage does a robot bring?

The daVinci™ robot allows the surgeon to perform more difficult procedures safer than with laparoscopy. In fact, robotic surgery may be the only alternative to a standard “open” surgery.

Procedures can be done more effectively, more safely, and to a broader range of patients. With the latest instruments and improved video technology, surgeons enjoy enhanced capabilities and better precision and control.

How does it work?

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With the da Vinci™ Robotic Surgical System, a surgeon controls four interactive robotic arms from a console, utilizing a high-performance vision system and tiny, precise “wrists” that translates hand movements.

The robot cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System™ requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon. The system replicates the surgeon’s movements in real time.

For more details, visit the robot’s maker, Intuitive Surgical..