The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The da Vinci System consists of a surgeon’s console, a cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and EndoWrist® instruments. “The surgeons are still performing the surgery,” clarifies Lynn Hart, RN, Administrative Director of Surgical Services at Eisenhower. “The da Vinci System just translates the surgeon’s hand movements at the console into more precise movements.”
To perform a procedure, the surgeon uses the console’s master controls to maneuver the robotic arms. One arm positions the high resolution stereo endoscope (a camera to see inside the body). The three remaining arms control precise, articulated EndoWrist instrument tips which have the ability to rotate like the human wrist, but with greater range of motion. Seated at the console, the surgeon views a magnified three-dimensional image of the surgical field with a real-time progression of the instruments throughout the surgery. The da Vinci System performs only through the surgeon’s direct control and always in real time.
At Eisenhower Medical Center, the da Vinci will be used to perform a variety of surgeries, including prostatectomy, selected gynecological procedures and some cardiac procedures.