About robotic surgery

About robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, is designed to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients. These clinical robotic surgical systems include a camera arm and mechanical arms with surgical instruments attached to them and provides surgeons with all of the clinical and technical capabilities of traditional open surgery while enabling them to operate through a few tiny incisions. The surgeon controls the arms while seated at a computer console which is situated several metres from the operating table. The console gives the surgeon a high-definition, (magnified times 10), 3-D view of the surgical site.


Robotic surgery is at the cutting edge of precision and miniaturization in the realm of surgery, which makes the possible applications endless in minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgery has already become a successful option in urological, gynaecological, cardiothoracic and numerous general surgical procedures.




About da Vinci® robotic surgery


The da Vinci® Surgical System was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2000 and represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, designed to extend the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients.


da Vinci® technology allows surgeons to perform complex and routine procedures through a few small openings, similar to traditional laparoscopy, but enabling them to operate through tiny incisions with enhanced dexterity and accuracy.


The da Vinci® Surgical System features a 3D HD vision system for a clear and magnified view inside the patient’s body, enabling your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.



da Vinci® patented EndoWrist® instruments bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. Using the da Vinci® System, surgeons operate while seated at an ergonomically designed console just a few feet from the patient. The surgeon console provides for:

  • Natural hand-eye positioning
  • Comfortable seated posture
  • Built-in microphone facilitates efficient communication in the OR


The surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci® System at all times which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.




Why is robotic surgery better?


The robot-assisted system improves patient experiences and outcomes by fundamentally changing surgery in three ways:


  • da Vinci® Surgery simplifies many existing minimally invasive procedures.da Vinci® Surgical System.
    This is because the da Vinci System delivers equal or improved outcomes while maintaining the same “look and feel” of open surgery. Standard laparoscopy uses small incisions to insert long-shafted instruments, but has certain limitations when the procedure, patient’s anatomy or condition is challenging or complex.
  • da Vinci® Surgery makes difficult operations routine.
    Traditional laparoscopic surgery has never been widely used except for routine procedures. Only a select group of highly skilled surgeons attempt complex procedures using this approach. da Vinci® Surgical System allows more surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach routinely and with confidence.
  • da Vinci® makes new minimally invasive surgical procedures possible.
    A number of procedures that could not be performed using traditional minimally invasive technologies can now be performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System. The advanced features and extensive EndoWrist® instrumentation of the da Vinci® System allow surgeons to perform more procedures through small, 1-2 cm incisions. By improving surgical capabilities, da Vinci® systems are helping to improve clinical outcomes and redefining standards of care. Patients may experience the following benefits:

    • Excellent cancer control, where indicated
    • Less blood loss and transfusions
    • Shortened hospital stay
    • Less pain
    • Low risk of infection, complications
    • Fast recovery and return to normal activities
    • Small incisions for less scarring


Future da Vinci® Surgical System applications in South Africa:


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