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About da Vinci Robot

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The Technology

The computer-enhanced da Vinci® Surgical System’s robotic technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with a magnified, three-dimensional view of the prostate itself.

The Procedure

With da Vinci®, one of our highly skilled surgeons can perform an entire surgery from a console that offers 3-D viewing and three tiny tools that are inserted into the body. Once inside the tools become the eyes and hands of the surgeon. A small camera, provides a detailed and magnified view of the prostate. Miniature robotic “hands”, working with great precision at the surgeon’s command, allow a range of motion and a level of steadiness that is impossible for human hands to duplicate. The 3-D view makes it easier for the surgeon to see the nearby nerves and muscles that control continence and potency. And because the surgery is minimally invasive, patients typically begin walking the evening of surgery and usually begin a normal diet one day after surgery. Once the urethral catheter is removed, usually 7 to 10 days after surgery, many patients have complete urine control.

Benefits

  • Reduced trauma to the body
  • Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less post-operative pain and discomfort
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
  • Less scarring

Peeling a Grape

From: daVinciSurgery | Aug 11, 2011
A video demonstrating the use of the da Vinci® System to peel a grape. Provides a dramatic demonstration of the precision, dexterity and control the da Vinci® System can provide.

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