What is Robotic Surgery?
In recent years, innovations in tiny surgical instruments have led to
laparoscopic surgery, a minimally invasive technique that keeps
incisions small and speeds recovery time. But technological advancements like
Erlanger’s da Vinci “S” surgical system take minimally invasive procedures one
step further, dramatically reducing hospitalization and recovery times.
How it works
The da Vinci system allows the physician to operate through small, dime-sized
abdominal incisions and direct robotic "arms" to perform the surgery with a
variety of tiny surgical instruments. Seated at a console, the physician views
the surgical area through a tiny, endoscopic camera that reveals
three-dimensional images magnified 14 times greater than what the human eye can
see. The controls at the console allow the physician to move the robotic “hands”
with precision, eliminating the natural tremor of even the steadiest of human
it in action. Watch this video.
This “hands-off” approach has several advantages, including:
- A better view.
Cameras used in normal endoscopic surgery provide two-dimensional images. The
da Vinci system provides 3-D images that can be magnified many times.
- A steadier grip.
Surgeons have steady hands, but their fine motor conorl over surgical
instruments is even steadier when they use robotic technology. This is a great
advantage when operating in small, tight areas.
- A smaller size. Robotic surgical instruments are smaller than the already small
instruments used in normal endoscopic surgery.
- A quicker recovery. Robotic surgery reduces pain and
trauma to the body, allowing people to recover more quickly and return to
their normal activities faster than with traditional