Precision. Vision. Control.
At St. Mary’s of Michigan, we are redefining the science of surgery using the daVinci surgery system. This robotic system gives surgeons the technological tools to enhance surgeries for patients.
With the precision of a robot and the power of a three-dimensional microscope, surgeons are better able to visualize the anatomy of the patient to perform effective and efficient surgeries. In place of conventional laparoscopic surgery for a major operation, the daVinci surgery system operates with small instrumentation and smaller incisions. In turn, patients experience less trauma, pain, and are often more safe and comfortable before, during, and after an operation.
The daVinci surgery system is taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. The robotic instruments allow for delicate and specific procedures to be completed resulting in faster and easier recovery than traditional surgeries.
How does the da Vinci system work?
With the daVinci Surgical System, surgeons operate through just a few small incisions. Featuring a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist, daVinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
What are the benefits of daVinci Surgery?
Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the daVinci Surgical System over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. daVinci Surgical System offers many potential benefits to patients facing surgery.
What daVinci procedures have been performed? What additional procedures are possible?
The daVinci Surgery System can be used for a range of surgeries including cardiac, colorectal, general, gynecological, thoracic, and urological procedures. The St. Mary’s of Michigan robotic surgery team has used the daVinci for colorectal, general, gynecological thoracic and urological procedures.
St. Mary’s Michigan surgeons are constantly being trained in new ways of using the daVinci robotic surgical system. The types of robotic surgeries currently available are:
Surgeons use the daVinci robotic surgical system to effectively treat a variety of conditions affecting the uterus and ovaries, including abnormal bleeding, chronic pain, fibroids, endometriosis, prolapse and cancer.
Hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures once required a large, abdominal incision, resulting in significant blood loss, several days in the hospital, and weeks of recovery time.
Another approach, conventional laparoscopy, is less invasive, but limits the doctor’s dexterity, visualization and control, compare to open surgery. With the daVinci system, patients stand to gain all the benefits of minimally invasive surgery—plus a level of precision.
Utilizing the daVinci, St. Mary’s of Michigan surgeons perform a variety of urologic procedures through 1-2 centimeter incisions while achieving excellent results for patients suffering from cancers of the prostate, bladder and kidneys.
For these forms of cancer, surgery is one of the most widely used treatment options, depending on the patient’s age, health, type and stage of cancer. Traditional surgeries require a large incision. With the daVinci system, surgeons can remove part or all of the diseased organ or gland with minimal side effects. For instance, minimally invasive prostate removal minimizes the risk of impotence and incontinence. With minimally invasive kidney surgery, there is increased potential for kidney preservation.
The daVinci robotic surgical system can also be used across a broad range of general surgical procedures, including esophageal and colorectal surgeries, without the need for large incisions. As with other applications, these surgeries can be performed with excellent results and far quicker recovery times for patients.
Why opt for the robotic system?
Minimally invasive daVinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. daVinci is beneficial for performing routine and complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the daVinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
Other benefits include:
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Always talk to your doctor about all treatment options as well as their risks and benefits.
Why is it called the daVinci Surgical System?
The product is called "daVinci" in part because Leonardo daVinci invented the first robot. He also used unparalleled anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details to bring his masterpieces to life. The daVinci Surgical System similarly provides physicians with such enhanced detail and precision that the System can simulate an open surgical environment while allowing operation through tiny incisions.
Some of the specialty surgeons here at St. Mary’s of Michigan using the da Vinci System are:
Wael Solh, MD (colorectal)
St. Mary's Medical Advances
In 2012, St. Mary’s of Michigan upgraded to the daVinci Si, the world’s most advanced computer-assisted surgical system. This updated model incorporates a number of innovations that enable surgeons to operate more effectively and efficiently than ever.
3-D high-definition vision. The daVinci Si’s two stereoscopic high-definition cameras provide the surgeon with a magnified view of the surgical site that combines superbly accurate depth perception with a 40 percent sharper image then previous models.
An additional arm. This additional arm, which can be used to hold a retractor or other surgical instrument, gives the surgeon 50 percent more operating capability.
Instant image referencing. This innovative feature lets the surgeon display up to two diagnostic images of the area being operated on (such as ultrasound or CT scans taken prior to surgery) inside the daVinci’s monitor, directly alongside the view of the real-time procedure—providing a critical extra reference where necessary.
Extra-mobile "wrist action.” The daVinci Si’s patented mechanical wrists, which can hold a wide array of specialized instruments, function just like a human’s but with even greater range of motion.
Scalability. This innovation lets the surgeon calibrate the robot’s arm to move a fraction of an inch for every inch the surgeon’s hand moves—simplifying the most complex movements, including delicate resections as well as suturing and knot-tying.
Ask your physician if daVinci robotic surgery is right for you.
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It’s important to talk to you doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits. This information can help you make the best decision for your situation.
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