da Vinci

davinci robotThe da Vinci robot is one of the most advanced surgical technologies in health care and can be used by physicians across many specialties. The unique design of the robot combines endoscopic surgery, high-definition microscopic viewing and a 540-degree rotation of surgical instruments.

Huntsville Hospital has four da Vinci robotic systems, including a latest-generation Xi model used primarily for colorectal and thoracic procedures. The da Vinci system is also widely used in many other specialties including urology, gynecology, general surgery and oncology.

How it works

The surgeon makes small incisions to insert an advanced microscope attached to a high-definition camera that delivers a 3-D image. With superior visualization, the surgeon can perform meticulous dissections via the robotic arms of the da Vinci. The surgeon’s hands literally guide the robot’s arms in the area of the surgery. Tiny, hard to reach areas in the body become more reachable using this technology. With high-definition clarity, the da Vinci uses 540-degree rotational capacity to surpass the ability of the human wrist.

For the patient, the value of this technology is simple: smaller incision, less bleeding, less scarring and less pain. It is used in multiple specialties including urology, gynecology, general surgery and oncology. Speak with your physician if you would like to learn more about robotic-assisted surgery.