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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery, computer-assisted surgery, and robot-assisted surgery are terms for various technological developments that currently are developed to support a range of surgical procedures.

Why is robotic surgery used?

Robot-assisted surgery was developed to overcome limitations of minimally invasive surgery. Instead of directly moving the instruments the surgeon uses a computer console to manipulate the instruments attached to multiple robot arms. The computer translates the surgeon’s movements, which are then carried out on the patient by the robot.

Other features of the robotic system include, for example, an integrated tremor filter and the ability for scaling of movements (changing of the ratio between the extent of movements at the master console to the internal movements of the instruments attached to the robot). The console is located in the same operating room as the patient, but is physically separated from the operative workspace. Since the surgeon does not need to be in the immediate location of the patient while the operation is being performed, it can be possible for specialists to perform remote surgery on patients. Robots can perform surgery without a human surgeon.

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da Vinci® surgery for hysterectomy

One of the newest robotic surgery methods is the da Vinci surgery system. With da Vinci® Surgery, a hysterectomy requires only a few small incisions, so patients can get back to life faster - within days rather than the usual weeks required with traditional surgery. da Vinci Surgery enables gynecologists to perform the most precise, minimally invasive hysterectomy available today.

For most women, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
  • Significantly less pain
  • Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring
  • Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many case