Minimally Invasive Surgery - da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
With the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons operate through just a few small incisions. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.
The da Vinci System represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System at all times. da Vinci technology translates your surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
What is Robotic Surgery?
When a surgeon operates on a patient by using a robotic surgical machine, it is called a robotic surgery. The assistance of a robot allows surgeons to perform different types of complex procedures with many benefits when compared to conventional techniques. It is generally used for minimally invasive surgeries (MIS) which are performed through small incisions.
Since its launch in 1999, robotic surgery has subsequently reshaped the landscape of minimally invasive surgery in hospitals throughout the United States and Europe. In the year 2000, Da Vinci Surgical System (utilized by Dr. Williams) was approved for robotic surgery by the US Food and Drug Administration. In fact, Dr. Steven Williams was among the first to use the new technology as he finished his residency in Galveston, Texas at the University of Texas Medical Branch where two of the first, Standard type, da Vinci surgical robots were placed.
What Are The Benefits of Robotic Surgery?
When compared to traditional laparoscopy, robotic surgery provides the following preferred benefits:
The ability to magnify a surgical site, lock camera angles, and offer an immersed view provides higher accuracy and precision when compared to conventional surgical methods. The surgeon also completely controls the camera during the operation instead of asking an assistant to change the camera angle, focus, or position.
Range of motion and dexterity, beyond the scope of a human hand, allows the surgeon enhanced flexibility and control during a procedure. The surgical instrument can be rotated more than 360 degrees, which is impossible with only a human hand.
Complete Autonomy with Four Arms
Traditionally, surgeons have depended on an assistant to help either with instruments or a camera. This is no longer the case with an all-in-one robot. The Da Vinci Surgical System boasts three arms that can implement a variety of surgical tools and a fourth for its camera. The result creates freedom for the surgeon and an opportunity for a wide range of procedures.
Robotic surgeons have the luxury of being able to sit down during surgery. This eliminates strain of their neck, back and legs yielding less fatigue throughout their day and potentially adding years to their ability to practice medicine.
Robotic surgery can help hospitals and surgeons perform better surgery at an equal, if not lower, cost point than open surgery and even laparoscopy. This is one of the major reasons why robotic surgery is being widely adopted around the globe. Many hospital systems have proven that the overall benefits can actually save money when all factors such as decreased patient length of hospital stay, returns to the ER, and re-admissions are considered in the overall cost analysis.