The da Vinci Surgical System and its Uses

You may have heard of the da Vinci Surgical System through news programs, the Internet, or even through a doctor’s recommendation. It can be found in many major hospitals in the USA and Western Europe, and elsewhere around the globe. But what exactly is this method of surgery, and why is it making headlines?


What is the da Vinci Surgical System?

The da Vinci System is a sophisticated robotic platform that allows for minimally invasive (or laparoscopic) surgical procedures, thanks to a set of precise and flexible tools and imaging capabilities. Fully controlled from a seated console by your professional surgeon, this array of instruments and cameras facilitate safe and meticulously performed operations, without the lengthy healing times or unsightly scarring of traditional surgery.

How does it Work?

Through very small incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System are able to insert  tiny, highly mobile surgical instruments as well as a high-definition 3D camera. The actual operation is performed underneath the skin via the da Vinci console, from which your surgeon can work these tools with incredible precision while viewing a high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site. Don’t let the term “robotic” fool you – the da Vinci System does not move by itself. Your human surgeon remains in full control at all times.

What are the Advantages over Traditional Surgery?

The surgical instruments used in the da Vinci system operate with a degree of precision unmatched by human hands, and the tiny incisions allow for quicker recovery times and considerably less scarring, when compared to open, non-laparoscopic surgery. These qualities make the da Vinci System suitable for a variety of surgical procedures – here are just a few of the most common:

If you have questions about the da Vinci Surgical System or want a referral to a da Vinci surgeon, call the St. Joseph’s/Candler CareCall line today at 912-819-3360

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