The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System uses 3D cameras and multiple robotic arms manipulating minimally invasive instruments with precision. It has been used worldwide since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000.
Unlike industrial robots, surgical robots are not autonomous; they are a collection of wristed “servant” tools called manipulators, which receive digital instructions from an interfaced computer. The surgeon, who is seated at an ergonomically designed video console with a three-dimensional display, initiates the digital instructions by controlling sophisticated hand grips — essentially, joysticks with seven degrees of freedom. The manipulators inside the patient's body duplicate the surgeon's hand movements at the console, and software filters out even physiologic hand tremors.
Unaccommodating places are what robot-assisted surgery is all about. The human surgeon is not optimized for tiny spaces. The robot makes it much easier to spare nerves and maneuver through the small, sometimes rigid spaces of the human body.
Some of the benefits of robotic surgery:
- Agility - The robot can spin its instruments 360 degrees. The level of precision it can take compared to other open surgeries is much more advanced.
- Endurance - The robot can hold other parts of the anatomy out of the way indefinitely without fatigue.
- Minimally invasive - The goal in using the robot is to provide a less-invasive option for procedures like hysterectomies. Due to smaller incisions, less trauma to the body, and greater surgeon precision, robotic surgery means shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, less pain, fewer complications such as infection, and a quicker return to normal activities.
One procedure our doctors use the da Vinci Robotic system to perform is single-site/single incision hysterectomy. In this procedure, your uterus can be removed through a small incision in your belly button using single-incision traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci® Single-Site® Surgery. This procedure allows for virtually scarless results. If you’re facing hysterectomy, schedule a consultation with any of our surgeons to see if robotic surgery is right for you. Make an appointment by calling (702) 438-2229.