Just as technology, such as MRI and CT scanners, enhances doctors’ skills beyond what the human body allows, robotic surgery extends the capabilities of a surgeon’s eyes and hands.
The system can be used for these procedures
It is a surgical system with three parts:
Holds the camera and surgical instruments the surgeon controls from the console
Is the control center where the surgeon sits to perform the operation
Manages the communication between all the system components and provides a screen for the care team to view the operation
The da Vinci system cannot "think" on its own. It only responds to your surgeon's precise hand and finger movements. Your robotic surgeon is in the operating room, directing the procedure the entire time.
During a standard laparoscopic procedure, your surgeon stands next to the operating room bed and utilizes hand-held instruments to perform the laparoscopic procedure. This requires a series of small incisions. Using robotic surgery technology, instead, the robotic surgeon is seated at a console, using their own hands to maneuver the arms and instruments of the da Vinci system. Again, this requires just a few small incisions. From that console, your surgeon has a 3D vision and the ability to manipulate his or her hands in angles and to degrees that would otherwise be impossible to achieve during conventional laparoscopic surgery.
Yes, robotic surgery is a type of minimal access surgery. A Minimal Access Surgical procedure uses small incisions rather than large ones or uses existing entryways into the body. Robotic surgery has all the advantages of Minimal Access Surgery.
Robotic surgery is available for many but not all surgical procedures. Sometimes, even if a robotic option is available, it might not be the best approach for you. It is a good option for advanced minimal access surgical procedures.
Robotic surgery is safer and typically results in a number of key benefits for patients, including:
For the surgeon, the benefits of robotic surgery include an enhanced 3D visual field. At the console, your surgeon has a superior view of the operating area.
The high-definition camera provides a magnified, detailed view of the affected area. Your surgeon can see the microscopic structures more clearly, leading to more precise surgery. Superior dexterity.
A human hand can only move so much. But the robotic instrument exceeds the dexterity and range of motion of the human hand.
The arms can rotate a full 360 degrees. This allows your surgeon to operate in a way that would be impossible without the robot. Access to hard-to-reach places.
The enhanced flexibility and precision of the robot allows your surgeon to access hard-to-reach areas. This means surgeons can treat more conditions with robotic surgery.