da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
da Vinci robotic surgery is an advanced, minimally invasive alternative to traditional open surgery. Unlike open surgery, which often requires large incisions, the da Vinci surgical system helps surgeons perform even the most complex operations through very small incisions, using computer technology and specially designed tools.
As a result, patients benefit from:
- Faster healing and recovery
- Fewer complications
- Less discomfort
- Minimal scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
How da Vinci® Surgery Works
The da Vinci surgical system is made up of three parts: a control console, a viewing screen and a set of robotic arms. During surgery, the surgeon sits at the console and moves the robotic arms to operate on the surgical site, which he or she can see in high-resolution, 3D detail on the viewing screen. The robot does not do anything on its own. The entire system is guided and controlled by the surgeon’s skilled hands at all times.
The robotic arms are equipped with special surgical instruments. The surgeon can choose from a wide variety of tools and accessories, including scalpels, scissors, graspers and cameras. All of these tools are tiny, so they can be inserted into the body through small incisions.
The da Vinci robotic surgery system is designed to enhance the surgeon’s natural abilities. The robotic arms and instruments are engineered to move exactly like the surgeon’s hands. However, the robotic arms can move in ways that the human hand cannot, such as rotating in a 360-degree circle. This makes it easier for the surgeon to access hard-to-reach areas.
Types of da Vinci® Surgery
Archbold is proud to feature two da Vinci systems that can be used to perform a wide range of robotic-assisted surgeries, including:
- Cancer surgery
- Gastrointestinal surgery, including surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- General surgeries, such as bariatric surgery, gallbladder surgery and hernia repair
- Gynecological surgeries, such as hysterectomy
- Head and neck surgery
- Thoracic (chest) surgery, to treat conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Urological surgeries, such as bladder, kidney and prostate surgery
Is da Vinci® Surgery Safe?
Any surgery involves risks, but da Vinci surgery has been shown to be safe and effective. Surgeons must receive special training before using the da Vinci system. Archbold’s qualified da Vinci robotic surgeons have the expertise to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Archbold surgeons use da Vinci for a variety of general and specialty surgeries. Call 229.551.2109 to find a surgeon who can help you.