Expanding what’s possible
Robotic-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that allows specially trained surgeons to perform a wide range of delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions. Northern Light Mercy Hospital has a da Vinci surgical system, which gives your surgeon an advanced set of instruments to use in performing robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery.
The term “robotic” often misleads people. Robots don’t perform surgery. Your surgeon performs surgery with da Vinci by using instruments that he or she guides via a console. The da Vinci system translates your surgeon’s hand movements at the console in real time, bending and rotating the instruments while performing the procedure. The tiny wristed instruments move like a human hand, but with a greater range of motion. The da Vinci vision system also delivers highly magnified, 3D high-definition views of the surgical area. The instrument size makes it possible for surgeons to operate through one or a few small incisions.
Enhancing your surgeon’s capabilities
Doctors use many technologies that enhance their capabilities beyond what the human body allows. MRI and CT scanners, for example, enable doctors to “see” inside the body. Similarly, many surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery using a da Vinci system because it extends the capabilities of their eyes and hands.
Your surgeon is with you in the operating room, seated at the da Vinci system console. The console gives your surgeon control of the instruments he or she uses to perform your surgery.
The da Vinci vision system delivers 3D high-definition views, giving your surgeon a crystal clear view of the surgical area that is magnified 10 times to what the human eye sees.
Your surgeon uses tiny instruments that move like a human hand but with a far greater range of motion. The system’s built-in tremor-filtration technology helps your surgeon move each instrument with smooth precision.