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The da Vinci® Surgical System is a robotic surgical system manufactured by Intuitive Surgical and is designed for complex surgeries, but allows for keyhole-sized incisions. Fundamentally, the da Vinci system compares with forms of laparoscopic surgery in that it uses minimal incisions, video monitors and remotely controlled surgical tools. Furthermore, the da Vinci system employs three-dimensional, high-definition imaging and more precise surgical instruments.
This sophisticated technology offers patients reduced pain and trauma, fewer complications, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less scarring, shorter hospital stays and quicker total recovery times. Surgeons, meanwhile, benefit from a greater range of motion, increased operational precision and improved versatility.
Despite the innovations, the da Vinci system does not replace the surgeon, but enhances the surgeon’s skills. The system assists the surgeon, who sits at a console and views the procedure through an optically enhanced eyepiece and endoscope. The surgeon controls the system’s robotic arms, which can bend back and forth, pivot from side-to-side or rotate in full circle, to manipulate the precision surgical tools.
Wellstar Kennestone Hospital performed its first surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System in November 2007, making it one of the first hospitals in Georgia to employ this state-of-the-art technology. Today, surgeons at Wellstar AMC, Cobb, Douglas, Kennestone and North Fulton use the da Vinci Surgical System to assist with a variety of surgical procedures, including gynecologic, urologic and cardiac surgeries.
Preparations and procedures for surgeries performed with the da Vinci® Surgical System remain similar to those for traditional open surgeries or laparoscopic operations.
For a procedure completed with the da Vinci system, the surgeon will be seated at a console and will view the operation through a sophisticated eyepiece and endoscope. Other procedures, such as anesthesia, will be performed in a traditional fashion. Because a patient will undergo the surgery under general anesthesia, they will not be aware of the process.
The da Vinci Surgical System can be used in a number of procedures to treat a range of conditions, including:
Although the da Vinci surgery is less invasive with smaller incisions and results in improved recovery results and shorter times, Wellstar recommends that patients adhere closely to their recovery plans and stresses the need for them to rest for a few weeks after the surgery.