The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool that utilizes an advanced robotic computer and optical technologies to assist your surgeon with your operation. It does not act on its own, and your surgeon controls its movements. The da Vinci Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments, and computer software that allow your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so your surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on. The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the human wrist movements, allowing your surgeon to make small, precise movements inside your body. Da Vinci software can also minimize the effects of a surgeon’s hand tremors on instrument movements.
Da Vinci Surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as ‘open surgery.’ With da Vinci Surgery, the cuts (incisions) made in your body by your surgeon are much smaller than the cut made during open surgery. da Vinci Surgery is therefore considered “minimally invasive surgery.” Studies of da Vinci Surgery have shown the following benefits in comparison to open surgery:
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