This report will discuss the most frequently asked questions about robotic surgery.
1. Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is surgery performed through small incisions. The benefit is fewer complications, less blood loss, shorter recovery times, lower costs and reduced trauma to the patients.
2. A new way of doing MIS is needed because present laparoscopic surgery has been limited to a few special procedures. The limitations of present techniques is inherent in the technology of the instruments. Present laparoscopy is limited in most cases to standard video and rigid instruments. Very delicate surgery such as prostatectomies and heart valve replacement is risky.
3. The benefits of Robotic Surgery over traditional surgery is significant. Surgeons point to increased range of motion, dexterity, more visibility and improved access to the surgical site. These benefits to the patient translate into a greater chance of survival and recovery. There are fewer transfusions, less pain, shorter hospital stays, less risk of infections and less scaring.
4. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System may provide the vehicle for very delicate procedures such as cardiac repair and sensitive anatomical areas complicated with vast numbers of nerve fibers.
5. The da Vinci Robot is being used worldwide. Major centers in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia and Turkey have realized the benefits of this technology and it has become fairly routine protocol.
6. The US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) has approved the use of the da Vinci Robotic System for a wide range of surgical procedures. Please see the FDA Clearance
page for approved uses.
7. If your insurance covers minimally invasive surgeries the da Vinci should be covered since it is placed in this category. Medicare may also provide coverage. It is best to call your insurance carriers for specific information and approval.
8. Robotic surgery will never replace the surgeon. The da Vinci can not be programed, not can it move without specific input from the doctor. The robot enhances the movements of the doctor in real time, but cannot make decisions on its own. This permits minimally invasive surgery to be done in very delicate areas and conditions. The surgeon sees very delicate tissues in high resolution images. He can manipulate miniature, wristed arms through small incisions to perform amazing procedures.
9. The surgeon can determine force feedback to a certain degree. This is enhanced by the high resolution 3D images. Delicate procedures that are now being done with da Vinci are general, urological, gynecological, thoracic, and cardiac issues. Tens of thousands have been performed.
9. The da Vinci Robotic System is named in honor of Leonardo da Vince since he first invented a robot. He also had a keen eye for anatomical detail as can be seen in his masterpieces.
Well Trained Medical Staff Performs Robotic Surgeries Using Advanced Technology
The fact is a robot will never replace the intellect and knowledge of a human surgeon. It will never make life and death decisions in the world of modern medicine. However, it can enhance the proficiency of our talented doctors and thus benefit the patients in their care.
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