da Vinci Surgical System

da Vinci® Surgical System at Southern Regional

Photo of the da Vinci robot

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 beneļ¬ts.



The Technology

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 potential benefits.


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 instruments.

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.

The Benefits

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.


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.

The Risks

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.