Core Technology of the da Vinci® Surgical System
The da Vinci® Surgical System enables doctors to perform surgery in a manner never before experienced. With the surgeon sitting at a console a few feet from the patient, da Vinci translates that surgeon’s hand movements into corresponding micro-movements of instruments inside the patient’s body.
The da Vinci System provides better visualization, dexterity, precision and control than open surgery, while enabling the surgeon to perform procedures through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions.
3D HD Vision
The da Vinci System provides unparalleled vision inside the patient’s body with natural depth perception, and magnification for more accurate tissue identification.
* Revolutionary 3D, high definition vision with up to 10x magnification
Improved visualization allows surgeons to handle and dissect delicate tissue with added precision – even in confined spaces like the chest, abdomen or pelvis. This precision allows the surgeon to minimize trauma to the surrounding anatomy, such as the neurovascular bundle near the prostate during prostate cancer surgery.
EndoWrist® Instrumentation and Intuitive® Motion
As surgeons operate in confined spaces of the body, da Vinci instruments provide a range-of-motion that enhances dexterity. Added dexterity enables surgeons to more accurately and easily perform complex surgical maneuvers through small "ports" - eliminating the need for large, traumatic incisions.
* Endowrist® instruments with 7 degrees of freedom and a range of motion far greater than the human hand
da Vinci is the only surgical system that allows doctors to operate while seated. da Vinci is not only more comfortable, but may also be clinically advantageous due to reduced surgeon fatigue.
* Optimal alignment of visual and motor axes
The design of the da Vinci System allows for natural hand-eye positioning at the surgeon's console, which provides better ergonomics than traditional open and laparoscopic technology.
The da Vinci System's robotic arms hold the camera and instruments steady. For the patient, that means less potential for torque and trauma to the body. For the surgeon, it can man less assistance needed and reduced fatigue.
Finally, with the robotic arms providing added mechanical strength, surgeons can now offer a minimally invasive approach to higher-BMI patients who are considered obese.
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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