Mercy Health Robotic Surgery
The da Vinci® Surgical System
The daVinci Surgical System is groundbreaking technology. With it surgeons have more control, better visualization, improved dexterity and greater control over surgical equipment. In turn, patients experience less blood loss, minimal scarring, and have faster, less painful recoveries and a quicker return to daily life.
The daVinci system has dramatically changed the surgical experience for thousands of surgeons and patients. Thousands of clinical studies have proven the system’s safety and effectiveness for a wide range of minimally-invasive surgical procedures to treat numerous complex conditions.
The surgical system consists of four main components:
- surgeon console
- vision system
- patient-side cart
- EndoWrist instruments
The Surgeon Console
The surgeon will operate by sitting at the surgeon console, which is in the same operating room. The console provides the surgeon with a high-resolution 3-D image of the surgical field. Your surgeon uses the screen as a guide when manipulating the master controls which are located directly below the screen at a comfortable wrist level. The daVinci technology translates the surgeon’s movement of the master controls into precise, real-time movement of the surgical instruments.
Patient Side Cart
When you are brought in for surgery you will rest comfortably on a unique operating table called the patient-side cart. The daVinci Surgical Systems’ two robotic arms and one endoscopic arm are attached to one side of the cart. The set-up enables the arms to naturally pivot and carry out the surgeon’s hand movements at the console. Think of the robotic arms as an extension of the surgeon’s hands. The other surgical team members, including trained specialists and OR nurses, place the needed
instruments into those arms.
High-tech EndoWrist instruments translate your surgeon’s hand motions at the surgical console into precise surgical movements carried out by the robotic arms operating within your body. The proprietary technology provides your surgeon with a range of motion beyond the natural dexterity of the human wrist. Each instrument follows your surgeon’s exact movements to perform a specific surgical task such as clamping, suturing and tissue manipulation. The instruments’ quick-release levers speed up instrument changes during your procedure.
The vision system has two components – a high-definition, 3D endoscope (flexible tube with camera and light at the tip) and image processing equipment. The system provides both the surgeon and surgical team a magnified, true-to-life, 3D image of the area being operated on – a vastly improved scenario over the standard 2D view offered with traditional open surgery.