Types of Robotic Surgeries
A New Category in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, physicians now have
an effective alternative to traditional open surgery and laparoscopy that
allows them to provide patients with the best of both approaches. With
the assistance of the da Vinci™ Surgical System, surgeons can now
operate using only 1-2 cm incisions, but with greater precision and control
than ever before. da Vinci can help surgeons minimize the pain and risk
associated with surgery while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery
and excellent clinical outcomes.1
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While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System
when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary.
Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every
individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well
as their risks and benefits.
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For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and
extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional
surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety. For complex hysterectomies
and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci®
Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option.
Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using this system can operate
with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated
with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery
and excellent clinical outcomes. The da Vinci® Surgical System can
be utilized to perform myomectomy and hysterectomy procedures. Robotic
surgery might be an option for a range of gynecologic conditions, including
cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine
prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.
While surgery is generally the most effective way to treat disorders of
the heart, lungs and esophagus, traditional open surgery has a number
of inherent drawbacks caused primarily by making a large incision, splitting
of the breastbone, and spreading the ribs to access the thoracic space.
Less invasive options are increasingly available for patients including
thoracoscopy – the insertion of a miniaturized video camera between
the ribs. This approach has limitations and is not well suited to more
complex cardiac procedures. Conversely, the da Vinci® Surgical System
provides surgeons and patients with what may be the most effective, least
invasive treatment alternative for even the most complex cardiothoracic
procedures such as mitral valve repair, atrial septal defects, aortic
valve repair, and patent foramen ovale. Among the benefits of robotic
cardiothoracic surgery are a reduced risk of infection, less blood loss
and need for blood transfusions, shorter hospital stay, less pain and
scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities. Additionally,
surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System offers the potential for a better
Pediatric Urologic Surgery
The advent of robotic surgery has opened the door to many exciting new
possibilities for minimally invasive surgery for children. With the da
Vinci ® S Surgical System, the surgeon only needs to make small incisions,
which translates into decreased blood loss, reduced postoperative pain
and a quicker recovery from surgery. These benefits are particularly important
for active children who are eager to get back to their normal daily routines.
Quicker recovery time means less time spent in the hospital following
surgery, reducing emotional stress levels for children — and their parents.
The pediatric urology procedures performed robotically include ureteropelvic
junction obstruction, pyeloplasty, orchiepexy and nephrectomy.
Thoracic surgery is the practice of medicine directed toward the surgical
treatment of diseases of the chest including cancers of the lung, esophagus,
and chest wall; birth defects of the chest; and tumors in the organs contained
in the chest cavity.
Complex procedures like thoracic surgery require an excellent view of the
operative field and the ability to maneuver instruments within the chest
cavity. Thoracic surgery performed robotically provides better control,
dexterity and visualization than with an open procedure, allowing surgeons
to offer patients the benefits of minimally invasive surgery, including
less scarring, pain, blood loss and infection risk, a shorter hospital
stay, reduced recovery time and better clinical results.
The da Vinci® Surgical System is being used by an increasing number
of surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures.
This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and
robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes
prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but
also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
Using da Vinci, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves,
which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.