da Vinci® Surgical System
The revolutionary da Vinci robotic surgery system is offered by Capital Region Urology. It combines the advantages of conventional open surgery and minimally invasive surgery, but with potentially fewer drawbacks. The da Vinci robotic surgery system requires only a few small incisions, allowing the patient to return to normal activities within days rather than the usual weeks required with traditional surgery.
With the da Vinci surgical system, surgery is so precise that instruments recheck their positions by computer 1,500 times per second. Controlling a console near the patient, the surgeon uses a high-powered camera with a headrest to view a color, high-resolution, 3D image of the surgical field, magnified 10 times. Using glove-like "endo-wrists," the surgeon manipulates the instruments by flexing his or her thumb, forefinger or wrist in a joystick-like control.
For many patients, a major concern about surgery is the possibility of life-changing complications. But robotic surgery helps lower the risk of complications. Because there is little bleeding, the surgeon has a crystal clear view inside the patient. This is not always the case in traditional open surgery.
Typical benefits of robotic surgery:
- Faster healing.
- Smaller incisions with less scarring.
- Much less pain after the procedure.
- Faster recovery.
- Less blood loss and need for transfusions.
- A shorter hospital stay.