Single-Site da Vinci® Surgery

da Vinci Single-Site Instrumentation for the da Vinci® Si System is the latest addition to the da Vinci line.

Single-Site da Vinci Surgery enables surgeons to operate through the patient’s belly button to remove the gallbladder. The end result: virtually scarless surgery, providing patients with one of the most cosmetically appealing results of any surgical approach.1,2

Single-Site da Vinci Surgery leverages the vision, precision, dexterity and control of the da Vinci System.  Launched in late 2011, Single-Site Instrumentation introduces several enabling features, including: 

Single-Site Port

1. The five-lumen port provides access for two Single-Site Instruments: the 8.5 mm 3DHD endoscope, a 5/10 mm accessory port and insufflation adaptor.
2. Pliable architecture accommodates variable patient anatomy and enables simple and safe entry into a 2.0-2.5 cm incision.
3. Marked lumens on the port provide guidance for proper set-up and remote center placement.

Curved 5 mm Instrument Cannulae

1. Specifically designed to optimize triangulation toward the target anatomy and provide an unobstructed view of the surgical field.
2. Curved architecture separates the instrument arms outside the body wall, maximizing range of motion and minimizing potential internal and external crowding.

5 mm Semi-Rigid Instruments

1. Designed with the flexibility to go through curved cannulae and the rigidity to retract tissue.
2. A full instrument suite is available.

Single-Site Configuration

1. Compatible with the da Vinci Si Surgical System.
2. Instruments and camera cross within the Single-Site port and use remote center technology to avoid cannula collisions, arm interferences and port-site movement.
3. da Vinci System software automatically detects and re-associates the user's hands with the instrument tips to create Intuitive® movement through crossed cannulae.

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To have an Intuitive Surgical representative contact you about starting a da Vinci Surgery program at your hospital, call +1 888 409 4774 or email us for more information.

1. Haber GP, White MA, Autorino R, Escobar PF, Kroh MD, Chalikonda S, Khanna R, Forest S, Yang B, Altunrende F, Stein RJ, Kaouk JH. Novel robotic da Vinci instruments for laparoendoscopic single-site surgery. Urology. 2010 Dec;76(6):1279-82. Epub 2010 Oct 27.
2. Kroh M, El-Hayek K, Rosenblatt S, Chand B, Escobar P, Kaouk J, Chalikonda S. First human surgery with a novel single-port robotic system: cholecystectomy using the da Vinci Single-SitePlatform. Surg Endosc. 2011 Nov;25(11):3566-73. Epub 2011 Jun 3rd.

Single-Site™ Instrumentation for the da Vinci® Si™ System has CE Mark and is FDA cleared for cholecystectomy. The safety and effectiveness of this device for use in the performance of general laparoscopic abdominal surgery procedures have not been established. This deviceis intended to be used only for single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy with the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System (IS3000).Contraindications applicable to the use of conventional endoscopic instruments also apply to the use of da Vinci instruments. General contraindications to endoscopic surgery include bleeding diathesis, morbid obesity and pregnancy. While clinical studies suggest that the da Vinci® Surgical System using Single-Site Instrumentation is an effective tool for single-incision cholecystectomy, individual results may vary.

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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 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

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