What is da Vinci® Robotic Surgery?

Learn how robotic surgery works and what it can offer you.

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a set of state-of-the-art robotic tools used to perform minimally invasive surgery, an alternative to the traditional operation. Minimally invasive surgery reduces the patient’s pain and recovery time because fewer and smaller incisions are made during the procedure, thanks to the tiny tools used by the da Vinci® Robotic System.

How does the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System work?
During a procedure, the surgeon sits at a console and views a screen, which shows the site of the operation in high-definition. The surgeon can see the site more clearly and in greater detail than with the naked eye thanks to a tiny camera inserted into the site. Using the robot’s small-scale tools, the surgeon can make extremely precise and tiny motions. The da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System itself never performs actions independently, nor can it make decisions; it is merely a set of tools controlled by the surgeon’s hands.

How can the da Vinci Surgical System benefit the patient? 
Thanks to the precision of these robotic tools, surgery using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System provides many advantages for the patient. To summarize, fewer incisions mean less pain and less recovery time; a patient of a da Vinci® Surgical Surgery will leave the hospital sooner than someone who has undergone traditional surgery and will resume normal activities faster as well. Among the benefits are:

  • less pain
  • fewer scars
  • less bleeding or reduced likelihood of a blood transfusion
  • reduced risk of infection
  • faster recovery

What types of surgery does the da Vinci® Surgical System perform?
At Brandon Regional Hospital, minimally invasive surgery uses the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System to treat:

  • general surgical procedures
  • hysterectomy
  • pelvic and vaginal prolapse
  • prostatectomy
  • prostate cancer

Brandon Hospital offers the highest level of care using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. To learn more about how we perform robotic surgery, visit our Robotic Surgery webpage. Questions or concerns? Call our Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-327-2636.

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