da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Benefits of da Vinci Surgical System: For most patients, robotic surgery performed with the da Vinci Surgical System offers numerous benefits over traditional, open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases

FAQs about da Vinci Surgical System

What is minimally invasive surgery (MIS)?

MIS is typically performed through small incisions rather than large ones, resulting in potentially shorter recovery times, fewer complications and reduced hospitalization costs.

Why do we need a different way to do minimally invasive surgery?

In traditional MIS, the surgeon operates using rigid, hand-operated instruments, which are passed through small incisions and view the anatomy on a standard two-dimensional video monitor. The instruments are not wristed, only allowing surgeons to open and close the tips of their instruments. Because of the limitations of the instruments and visualization, it makes complex procedures very difficult to complete in a minimally invasive fashion.

What are the benefits of da Vinci surgery?

Benefits for surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System include greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Patient benefits may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities.

Does insurance cover da Vinci Surgery?

da Vinci Surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery so any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers da Vinci Surgery. This is true for widely held insurance plans like Medicare. Please note your coverage will depend on your individual plan and benefits package.

Does the robot perform the surgery?

The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. The doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a "robot," da Vinci cannot act on its own; instead, the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Will the da Vinci Surgical System make the surgeon unnecessary?

No. The robot can only be controlled by the surgeon and does not operate on its own. The da Vinci System only enables the surgeons to be more precise, advancing their technique and enhancing their ability to perform complex minimally invasive surgery.