When considering surgical options, many patients have concerns about safety. Some patients may question whether da Vinci Surgery is as safe as open surgery or traditional laparoscopic surgery. In fact, the da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date.
da Vinci offers multiple redundant safety features. First and foremost, the da Vinci System cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. Instead, the da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.
With da Vinci Surgery, as with traditional surgical methods, you are under the care of your surgeon and his or her supporting team. Your surgeon requires at least one assistant at your side during surgery. This team-member assists with tasks such as switching between instruments, to provide your surgeon with the optimal da Vinci instrument for the procedure step being performed.
Just a few feet away, your surgeon operates using the console controls. As your surgeon maneuvers the controls, da Vinci scales, filters and translates his or her wrist and finger movements into precise movements of miniaturized instruments at the patient-side cart.
Tremor reduction minimizes unintended movements, which means that da Vinci instruments can move in a more precise manner than a human hand. And because the da Vinci Patient Cart does the work of holding and repositioning the instruments and camera – and because your surgeon operates while seated – surgeons can experience much less fatigue in performing surgery with the da Vinci System.
Finally, during the course of an operation, the da Vinci System will perform millions of safety self-checks. The System is designed to be fail-safe, which means that in the event of power interruption or a safety-check failure, the System is designed to shut down safely, allowing the surgeon to remain in control of the procedure.
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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 www.davincisurgery.com/safety and www.intuitivesurgical.com/safety. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.
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