The da VinciTM Surgical System
The da VinciTM Surgical System consists of a surgeon's console, a patient-side cart, a high performance vision system and proprietary instruments from Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Using the da VinciTM Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the instrument controls below the display with wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The da VinciTM Surgical System's technology seamlessly translates the surgeon's movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.
The da VinciTM Surgical System is the only commercially available technology that can provide the surgeon with the intuitive control, range of motion, fine tissue manipulation capability and 3-D visualization characteristic of open surgery, while simultaneously allowing the surgeon to work through small ports of minimally invasive surgery.
The da VinciTM Surgical System has the potential to change surgical procedures in three basic ways:
- Make existing MIS operations easier. Surgical procedures routinely performed today using MIS techniques will be performed more quickly and easily.
- Make difficult MIS operations routine. Surgical procedures that today are performed only rarely using MIS techniques are expected to be performed routinely and with confidence using the da VinciTM Surgical System. Some procedures have been adapted for port-based techniques but are extremely difficult and are currently performed by a limited number of highly skilled surgeons.
- Make new surgical procedures possible. A number of surgeries that cannot be performed minimally invasively at all today are expected to be performed through 1 cm ports.
More information can be found at Intuitive Surgical's web site.