da Vinci Surgical System
da Vinci® . . . Changing the Experience of Surgery
. . . For the surgeon
. . . For the hospital
. . . And most importantly, for the patient
You've just been diagnosed with a condition requiring surgery. Until very recently your options included traditional surgery with a large open incision or laparoscopy, which uses small incisions but is typically limited to very simple procedures.
Thanks to a breakthrough surgical technology, for which you may be a candidate. It is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy, through the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System.
Imagine major surgery performed through the smallest of incisions.
Imagine having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities – as well as the potential for better clinical outcomes.
With the da Vinci Surgical System, surgeons and hospitals are re-writing accepted standards for surgical care - da Vinci is changing the surgery experience.
Flagstaff Medical Center is the only hospital in Northern Arizona to offer this advanced, minimally invasive surgical technology and is the only hospital in Arizona routinely using robotics for weight-loss surgery.
For the patient, benefits may include:
- Less post-operative pain
- Reduced trauma to the body
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
- Decreased recovery times
- Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
FMC surgeons using da Vinci include:
The da Vinci Surgical Experience
It is important to know that surgery with da Vinci does not place a robot at the controls; your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the da Vinci robotic platform.
The system enhances a surgeon’s capabilities by combining three-dimensional, high-definition robotics to extend the surgeon’s eyes and hands deep into the surgical field through small, precise movements. The system allows complex surgeries to be less invasive because the surgery is performed through tiny incisions, rather than through large, open incisions.
Surgeons are seated at a digital console a few feet away from the patient while nurses and technicians remain at the patient’s side. The surgeon’s hand movements are scaled down to small, precise movements through the use of a micro-camera and micro-instruments within the operative site. The system cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions on its own. Each movement of the instruments must be performed by the surgeon.
Through a small incision, the camera provides an enlarged, three-dimensional view of the operative site. Two to three small incisions are made to allow the use of 360-degree rotational micro-instruments. The small size and rotational functionality of the instruments decreases the amount of trauma to surrounding tissues. Traditional laparoscopic surgery only offers a one-dimensional view of the operative site and the instruments are unable to rotate. The da Vinci® Surgical System can perform in a way that traditional laparoscopic instruments and the human hand simply cannot.