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When diagnosed with a certain medical condition, finding useful, reliable and understandable information is not always easy. That's why we have included extra information that will hopefully address your specific questions and concerns.

On the various links below, you will find information from actual patients, da Vinci surgeons, the media and our own experts. We hope this helps you to make an informed decision about your healthcare needs.

Links & Resources

National Cancer Institute:

The National Cancer Institute website includes significant information about cancer and the research being done at the Institute. The National Cancer Institute's research programs are extensive and contain many innovative initiatives. You will also find valuable cancer-related information of all kinds. For the general public, patients, and health professionals, NCI offers consumer-oriented information on a wide range of topics as well as comprehensive descriptions of its research programs and clinical trials.

Health Well

Health Well is a thriving community and information resource for patients, caregivers, and families coping with diseases, disorders and chronic illness. features health articles, medical news, video webcasts, community message boards and chat rooms, clinical healthcare resources, email, newsletters, books and reviews, and resource link directories on a wide range of diseases, disorders and chronic illness.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC is a government agency committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization. The ACS has state divisions and more than 3,400 local offices.

MedLine Plus

MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions with authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.


The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) represents a worldwide community of surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients in every country.


In a continuing effort to provide patients and the public with up-to-date and useful information about diseases of the colon, rectum and anus, The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRSP) offers a variety of educational materials and informational brochures.

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary.

Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.

Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to and Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.

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