• How Robotic Surgery Works

  • The da Vinci® Surgical System consists of a console, a camera arm and several interactive mechanical arms. At Littleton Adventist Hospital, our surgeons guide the robot's mechanical hands from a console a few feet from the surgical table while our trained surgical team is located at the operating table to assist in the procedure. Through the console the surgeon has a 3-D magnified view of the surgical area, greater than if they were looking at a laparoscopic monitor which only affords a 2-D view.

    Seated at the console, our surgeon uses two hand and finger controls to precisely control the robot's mechanical hands as it makes a few small (1-2 cm) incisions instead of the single long incision typically made in open surgery. The robot's mechanical arms, with joints that work like a human's wrist, give the surgeon the flexibility, control and maneuverability to suture inside the abdomen. Robotic- assisted GYN surgery also typically involves less blood, resulting in better visual clarity for the surgeon and less blood loss for the patient.

    Robotic surgery may involve some risks, similar to open surgery, including risk of infection and other complications. Before you decide on surgery, always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci® Surgery is appropriate for your situation as not all patients are candidates for robotic-assisted surgery.

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