Da Vinci Surgical Systems

Da Vinci Surgical Systems

It’s not a walking, talking android, but the da Vinci Surgical System is so advanced it almost seems like science fiction.

The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer a state-of-the-art minimally invasive option for most major surgeries.

Using the da Vinci for surgery usually results in smaller incisions, faster recovery time and a shorter hospital stay.

At Wesley Medical Center, two da Vinci systems are used for many hysterectomies as well as surgeries of the prostate, ureterus, kidney, mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon and digestive system.

And now, the da Vinci Surgical System also will be available at our Galichia Heart Hospital campus. There, the da Vinci will be used for gynecological procedures such as hysterectomies, as well as general surgeries such as hernia repairs, gallbladder removals and colon resections.

The popularity of da Vinci has grown rapidly in recent years as both patients and physicians have come to appreciate its advantages.

da Vinci System

The da Vinci advantage

Providing robotic-assisted tools and superior high-definition, three-dimensional imagery, da Vinci surgery can reduce complication rates and surgical time. Studies show it also can shorten patients’ length of stay and postoperative pain, enabling patients to return to their normal activities more quickly.

The da Vinci enables physicians to perform some surgeries laparoscopically that otherwise would have to be done by opening the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery uses small instruments and a camera inserted through a few small openings in the body.

The smaller incisions mean fewer wound complications. The shorter hospital stay can result in fewer lung problems and blood clots. Less postoperative pain is another advantage of this type of surgery.

High-definition tools

The da Vinci offers several advantages over normal laparoscopic surgery. At the patient’s bedside are da Vinci’s four robotic arms attached to the surgical instruments and a lighted, miniature camera inserted through incisions less than an inch long.

At a console a few feet away, the surgeon views a color, high-definition image captured by the camera. The three-dimensional image can be magnified up to seven times the actual size, providing greater visibility than conventional laparoscopic surgery images. As the surgeon manipulates the master controls, his hand, wrist and finger movements are translated to the surgical instruments.

Refining the surgeon's hand movements

The instruments cannot move by themselves — the surgeon is always in control. However, da Vinci’s technology improves the surgeon’s movements. The instruments’ jointed-wrist design exceeds the natural range of motion of the human hand. The “tremor filtration system” further refines the surgeon’s hand movements. The ability to maneuver the surgical instruments very precisely helps avoid damage to adjacent tissue.

For more information and a list of qualified da Vinci surgeons, please visit www.davincisurgery.com.

da Vinci Surgeries Performed:

  • Cholecystectomy
  • Single site cholecystectomy
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Hellar myotomy
  • Spleenectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Pediatric nephrectomy
  • Bowel resection
  • Hysterectomy
  • Salpingectomy
  • Oopherectomy
  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Endometrial resection
  • Sacral neurectomy
  • Myomectomy
  • Oncology hysterectomy and lymph node dissection with oncology staging
  • Sacrocolpopexy
  • Trans oral resection
  • Tonsilectomy
  • Glossectomy
  • Prostatectomy with pelvic lymph node dissection
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Cystectomy
  • Ureteral rimplant
  • Total and partial nephrectomy
  • Pediatric urology procedures
  • Pediatric nephrectomy
  • Thorascopic procedures