The da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System
Thibodaux Regional is one of only a few hospitals in the area using
the pioneering daVinci™ Robotic Surgical System for prostate cancer surgery and
hysterectomy. The revolutionary, new robotic system enhances the surgeon’s
capabilities and allows surgeons to perform complex surgeries through tiny
The da Vinci System is a sophisticated surgical platform designed to facilitate complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach.
da Vinci provides surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. The surgeon controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. Though it is often called a “robot,” the da Vinci System cannot act on its own - surgery is performed 100% by the physician.
Together, da Vinci technology allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny incisions. As a result, patients may get back to their lives faster ― without the usual recovery following major surgery.
The da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date. The enabling features of the da Vinci System raise the standard of care for complex surgeries. This translates into numerous potential patient benefits compared to open surgery, including:*
• Less pain
• Less blood loss
• Shorter hospital stay
• Fewer complications
• Excellent cancer control, where indicated
• Faster return to normal activities
When comparing da Vinci Surgery to traditional laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci also provides patients with the potential for:* less blood loss, , shorter hospital stay,15,16 fewer complications and faster return to normal activities.9
The da Vinci System consists of an ergonomic surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system and miniaturized wristed instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art technology, the da Vinci System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements of the instrument tips. The net result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities.
The da Vinci Surgical System’s main features include Intuitive® motion, high-resolution 3D vision and innovative EndoWrist instrumentation. Intuitive motion refers to the System’s interface, which helps make da Vinci Surgery look and feel like traditional open surgery. But that is where the similarities end.
The da Vinci System’s high-resolution 3D stereo viewer is designed to provide surgeons with an immersive experience. Unlike conventional approaches, the target anatomy appears at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of field. Operating through a few small incisions, the surgeon uses the console’s master controls to maneuver the patient-side cart’s four robotic arms. These arms securely hold the patented EndoWrist® instruments and high-resolution endoscopic camera. The EndoWrist instruments’ jointed-wrist design exceeds the natural range of motion of the human hand; motion scaling and tremor reduction further interpret and refine the surgeon’s hand movements. A final hallmark of the da Vinci System is that it incorporates multiple redundant safety features designed to minimize risks associated with both machine and human error.
The da Vinci System is a remarkable improvement over conventional laparoscopy, in which the surgeon operates while standing and uses hand-held, long-shafted instruments that cannot bend or rotate. With conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon must look up and away from the instruments to a nearby 2D video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy.
In conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon must also rely on his/her patient-side assistant to position the camera correctly. In contrast, the da Vinci System’s ergonomic design allows the surgeon to operate from a comfortable, seated position at the console, with eyes and hands positioned in line with the instruments. To move the instruments or to reposition the camera, the surgeon simply moves his/her hands.
By providing surgeons with superior vision, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex and delicate dissection or reconstruction.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation.
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