Intuitive Surgical leads in the development and commercialization of medical robotic technology. Our product line is designed to provide surgeons with the capabilities of traditional open surgery while enabling them to operate through a few tiny incisions.
Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci® Surgical System combines superior 3D high definition vision with our patented EndoWrist® Instruments allowing for enhanced dexterity, precision and control.
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The da Vinci Surgical System improves patient experiences and outcomes by fundamentally changing surgery in three ways:
da Vinci Surgery simplifies many existing minimally invasive procedures.
Many standard laparoscopic procedures may be performed more quickly and easily using the da Vinci Surgical System. This is because the da Vinci System delivers equal or improved outcomes while maintaining the same "look and feel" of open surgery. Standard laparoscopy uses small incisions to insert long-shafted instruments, but has certain limitations when the procedure, patient’s anatomy or condition is challenging or complex.
da Vinci Surgery makes difficult operations routine.
Traditional laparoscopic surgery has never been widely used except for routine procedures. Only a select group of highly skilled surgeons attempt complex procedures using this approach. The da Vinci Surgical System allows more surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach – routinely and with confidence.
da Vinci makes new minimally invasive surgical procedures possible.
A number of procedures that could not be performed using traditional minimally invasive technologies can now be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System. The advanced features and extensive EndoWrist® instrumentation of the da Vinci System allow surgeons to perform more procedures through small, 1-2 cm incisions.
Improved Patient Outcomes
By improving surgical capabilities, Intuitive's products are helping to improve clinical outcomes and redefining standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits:*
* Excellent cancer control, where indicated1
* Less blood loss and transfusions
* Shortened hospital stay2
* Less pain2
* Low risk of infection, complications1
* Fast recovery and return to normal activities4
* Small incisions for less scarring3
*Potential benefits are specific to the procedure referenced in the footnoted publication.
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. The da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the benefits and risks.
1. Weinstein et al. Transoral robotic surgery: does the end justify the means?; Cur. Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery. 2009 17:126-131.
2. Boggess. Robotic surgery in gynecologic oncology: evolution of a new surgical paradigm. J Robotic Surg (2007) 1:31-3
3. O’Malley, Weinstein et al. Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for Base of Tongue Neoplasms; The Laryngoscope, 2006 The American Larygnological Rhinological and Otological Society.
4. Payne et al. A comparison of total laparoscopic hysterectomy to robotically assisted hysterectomy: surgical outcomes in a community practice. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2008 May-June;15(3):28.
All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci® Surgery and other minimally invasive procedures. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications which may require hospitalization include injury to tissues or organs, bleeding, infection or internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Risks of surgery also include potential for equipment failure and human error. Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: A long operation and time under anesthesia, conversion to another technique or the need for additional or larger incisions. If your surgeon needs to convert the procedure, it could mean a long operative time with additional time under anesthesia and increased complications. Temporary pain or discomfort may result from pneumoperitoneum, the presence of air or gas in the abdominal cavity used by surgeons in minimally invasive surgery. Research suggests that there could be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary. Patients who bleed easily, who have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety, and indications for use, please refer to http://www.davincisurgery.com/safety/. Patients should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Other options may be available. Intuitive Surgical reviews clinical literature from the highest level of evidence available to provide benefit and risk information about use of the da Vinci Surgical System in specific representative procedures. We encourage patients and physicians to review all available information on surgical options and treatment in order to make an informed decision. Clinical studies are available through the National Library of Medicine at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed.
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