What is da Vinci surgical system?

This system gives the surgeon an advanced set of instruments to use in performing robotic-assisted surgery, microsurgery and open surgery. Robots won’t perform surgery. The surgeon performs surgery with da Vinci by guiding it via a console.

The surgeon’s arm and hand, although a marvelous device for the performance of specific tasks, is an unit that has not adapted well to surgery. The surgeon’s hand movements at the console in real time will guide the system, bending and rotating the instruments while performing.The tiny wristed instruments move like a human hand, but more carefully with a greater range of safety and efficacy.

The da Vinci Surgical System combines robotics and computer imaging to enable microsurgery via the console for the surgeon. The system consists of a surgeon’s viewing and control console (workstation) integrated with a high-performance, 3-dimensional monitor system, a patient side-cart consisting of 3 robotic arms that position and a variety of articulating instruments. The surgeon’s hand, wrist, and finger movements are translated into corresponding micro-movements within the patient’s body.

Surgical System allows surgeons to perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures with higher rate of precision and accuracy. The system is an advanced robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer an option to open surgery with less number of human’s mistakes.

With these advanced systems, the surgeon sits remote from the patient at an operating console adjusted while the robot is guiding to provide an optimal environment. Surgery can be performed from the room next to the patient or from a location many miles away ; so for example countries can use this ability for military services in battle fields. Being able to operate at a workstation remote from the patient obviously has benefits in providing advanced surgical care to patients in underserved areas and when operating on patients with highly communicable diseases.

Da Vinci procedures are performed for a wide range of conditions in specialties including cardiac, urologic, gynecologic, pediatric and general surgery. Roughly three out of four prostate cancer surgeries in the U.S. today are performed using da Vinci Surgery. n 2000, the da Vinci Surgical System became the first robotic surgical platform commercially available in the United States to be cleared by the FDA for use in general laparoscopic surgery. There are more than 1,700 da Vinci Systems installed in hospitals worldwide.

The future of surgery is bright and is pregnant with promise with use of technology and applying it. Robots and the use of information technologies can result in cost savings by decreasing the number of skilled assistants required to perform surgery.


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