While you may think that a doctor’s hands are his best tool, with the technological advancements being used in the healthcare field, those human hands are playing second fiddle to the precision of the da Vinci surgical system. Surgery is something that causes a great deal of anxiety for many people all over the world, even when the surgical procedure is considered to be routine and has been performed countless times by the surgeon. Admittedly, there are complications that can arise during even the most minor surgeries. But medical teams are well prepared to handle each scenario so that things go as smoothly as possible.
Even so, medical science has been moving more and more toward the use of laparoscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgery using robotic assistance such as the da Vinci surgery system to reduce the risks and increase precision. Especially for patients who fear traditional open surgery, da Vinci assisted surgery can be highly beneficial, as the da Vinci surgery device uses very small, very precise incisions to perform procedures that would have traditionally required large incisions and open surgical fields.
Manning the Machine
The da Vinci surgical system is actually a system of computer-driven “arms and hands.” These are very small, thin, wristed instruments that have far greater range of motion and maneuverability than human hands. The system also employs the use of a laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a tiny light and camera at the end to allow the surgeon to see his operating field with greater visibility. The camera images are displayed on a video screen, and the doctors use those images to guide them during the procedure. Because of the greater degree of access allowed by da Vinci robotic surgery, the procedure has been shown to have a high rate of success with fewer complications, less risk, and minimized recovery times in comparison to traditional forms of surgery.
- Cardiac surgery
- Surgeries on the head and neck
- Urologic surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Colorectal surgery
- General surgery
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