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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery refers to surgery that can be done through a few small incisions instead of a large open incision. One of the main goals of minimally invasive surgery is to reduce the physical trauma patients may experience during and after open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is often referred to as laparoscopy.

Traditional Laparoscopy

Traditional laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive – meaning surgeons operate through a few small incisions. During laparoscopy, long-handled surgical instruments are inserted through the incisions. One of the instruments is a laparoscope – a thin, lighted tube with a tiny camera at the end. The camera takes images inside your body. Those images are sent to a video monitor to guide surgeons as they operate.

da Vinci Surgery

With the da Vinci System, surgeons operate through a few small incisions instead of a large open incision - similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex and delicate surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. da Vinci - taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

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Important Safety Information

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. 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. Please also refer to for Important Safety Information.

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