What Has Four Arms and the Brains of a Surgeon Behind It?
It’s called the da Vinci® Surgical System. And it’s the
answer when it comes to greater precision, smaller incisions, and even
shorter recovery times. With four arms and a 3-D, high def camera, your
surgeon has an unsurpassed view of and access to the area where they’re
working. Whether it’s Pelvic, Bariatric, Urologic, Colorectal or
even General Surgery, the da Vinci gives surgeons better dexterity and
control. It’s minimally invasive and has maximum beneﬁts.
DA VINCI IS EXCEPTIONALLY SUITED FOR:
PELVIC/ GYNECOLOGIC SURGERY
The da Vinci® Surgical System, which is powered by robotic technology, makes it possible
to perform complex surgery using a minimally-invasive approach that requires
only small incisions. This means that patients can experience less blood
loss and pain, a shorter hospital stay, a faster recovery as well as other
HOW IT WORKS
The da Vinci robot is part of the da Vinci® Surgical System which allows surgeons to operate while seated at a console
viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. Your surgeon views the surgical
area through a high-powered laparoscopic camera. Your surgeon manipulates
the da Vinci's robotic instruments using the master controls of the control
console. The computerized system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand,
wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of the surgical
The da Vinci's laparoscopic arms rotate, grasp and pivot, performing surgical
tasks while allowing for precise movement. The instruments mimic the dexterity
of the human hand and wrist. Each instrument has a specific surgical mission,
such as clamping, suturing and tissue manipulation.
The da Vinci technology gives surgeons enhanced vision and a magnified
view of the body's smallest internal structures.
Operating images are enhanced, refined and optimized using image synchronizers,
high-intensity illuminators and camera control units.
As a minimally invasive option, da Vinci allows for incisions that are
only 1-2 cm. wide. Such tiny entry points can dramatically reduce the
incidences of infection on and complication while decreasing healing times.
Any time a surgeon is able to minimize the physical impact of a surgery
on a patient’s body, it can only aid in recovery. Lesser chances
of infection, smaller incisions and correspondingly faster healing times
all add up to shorter stays in the hospital. All of which makes da Vinci
ideally suited for the treatment of certain conditions.
THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE
So what does all this mean for you? It can mean that your overall experience
having surgery is better. Here are some of the ways da Vinci may benefit patients.
- Shortens your hospital stay
- Reduces your discomfort
- Gives you a faster recovery than even traditional laparoscopic surgery
- Lowers your risk for surgical complications
- Reduces the size of your scars
- Lowers your risk for infection
Ask your doctor about da Vinci surgery at Southern Regional Medical Center.
All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci Surgery. Results, including
cosmetic results, may vary. Serious complications may occur in any surgery,
up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications,
which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs;
bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting
dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to
the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery.
Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for
human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally
invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert
the procedure to other surgical techniques; the need for additional or
larger incision sites; a longer operation or longer time under anesthesia
than your surgeon originally predicts. Converting the procedure to open
could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could
lead to increased complications. Research suggests that there may be an
increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Patients
who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly
obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including
da Vinci Surgery. Other surgical approaches are available. Patients should
review the risks associated with all surgical approaches. They should
talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if
da Vinci is right for them. For more complete information on surgical
risks, safety and indications for use please refer to http://www.davincisurgery.com/da-vinci-surgery/safety-information.php.