About da Vinci Surgery
Saint Clare’s offers the newest technology in surgery today, with the da Vinci® Si Surgical System, providing surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, and putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The technological advancements of the da Vinci® Si Surgical System provide surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control – enabling them to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
For patients, benefits may include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter recovery time
- A faster return to normal daily activities
- And in many cases, better clinical outcomes
How It Works
Leonardo da Vinci was responsible for the invention of the first robot. Little did he know that several centuries after his death, his simple innovation would provide advancements in minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgery is revolutionizing the surgical experience for both patients and their surgeons.
Over the past 20 years, there have been a number of revolutions in surgical techniques and technology. Many routine open-incision surgeries have been replaced with more minimally invasive techniques that provide a number of benefits to the patient. As the use of minimally invasive procedures has grown during the past two decades, the technology used in these procedures has improved to the level where only a few small incisions are needed. The application of robotics to minimally invasive surgery occurred in the late 1990s.
With the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon is seated at a console a few feet away from the patient, where they view a 3-D image of the surgery site while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, with robotically-enhanced surgical instruments. At no time does the surgeon see a "manufactured" image of the surgery and the system cannot be programmed, make decisions on its own, move in any way or perform any type of surgical maneuver without the surgeon's input.
The da Vinci system enables surgeons to be more precise through improving range of motion and dexterity, advancing their technique and enhancing their capability to perform complex, minimally invasive surgeries. The system replicates the surgeon's movements in real time, while providing enhanced vision of the surgical site, through the robot's high-resolution 3-D view, and "force feedback" sensations, that give the surgeon a "feel" of the actual surgical site.
To date, tens of thousands of procedures have been performed worldwide using this advanced surgical technology, including those to address medical needs in areas like general surgery, urology, gynecology, urogynecology, and limited cardio-thoracic procedures. To learn more, please visit www.davincisurgery.com.