The da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions. The da Vinci System consists of several key components, including: an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system, and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments.

da Vinci is powered by robotic technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments working inside the patient’s body.

Learn more:
* Core Technology
* System Components
* 3D HD Vision
* Instrumentation

Components of the da Vinci Surgical System


Surgeon Console

* Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates seated comfortably at a console while viewing a high definition, 3D image inside the patient’s body.

* The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes.

* The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments

patient cart

Patient-side Cart

* The patient-side cart is where the patient is positioned during surgery. It includes either three or four robotic arms that carry out the surgeon's commands.

* The robotic arms move around fixed pivot points.

* The system requires that every surgical maneuver be under the direct control of the surgeon. The da Vinci Surgical System’s safety checks prevent any independent movement of the instruments or robotic arms.


Endowrist Instruments

* A full range of Endowrist instruments is available to the surgeon while operating.

* The instruments are designed with seven degrees of motion - a range of motion even greater than the human wrist

* Each instrument is designed for a specific task, such as clamping, cutting, coagulating, dissecting, suturing and manipulating tissue.

* Quick-release levers speed instrument changes during surgery.

Vision Cart

Vision System

* The vision system is equipped with a high-definition, 3D endoscope (flexible tube with a camera and light at the tip) and image processing equipment that provides true-to-life images of the patient’s anatomy.

* A view of the operating field is available to the entire OR team on a large viewing monitor (vision cart). This widescreen view provides the surgical assistant at the patient’s side with a broad perspective and visualization of the procedure.

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to for Important Safety Information.

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