da Vinci® Surgical System

What is the da Vinci® Surgical System?

The da Vinci® Surgical System offers a minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy.  Because it requires only a few tiny incisions and offers greater vision, precision and control for the surgeon, patients often can recover sooner, move on to additional treatments if needed and get back to daily life more quickly.

Potential benefits of the da Vinci® system for patients include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Lower risk of infection or complications
  • Less blood loss (fewer transfusions)
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less scarring
  • Faster return to normal activities (e.g., sexual function, urinary continence)

How it works

In traditional minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon operates while standing, using hand-held instruments that cannot bend or rotate.  The surgeon must look up and away to a nearby standard 2D video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy.

With the da Vinci® System’s ergonomic design, the surgeon is able to operate from a comfortable, seated position at a console, with eyes and hands in line with the instruments, and a magnified, high-definition 3D view of the target anatomy.

With eyes and hands in line with the instruments, the surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera.  The system then translates, in real time, the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise movements of the instruments inside the patient.

Throughout the procedure, the surgeon controls every surgical maneuver.  The System cannot be programmed or act in any way without the surgeon’s input.