da Vinci Robotic Surgical System
Innovative Robotic Technology
The minimally invasive surgical procedures performed with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is a significant investment in safe, quality patient care at Mercy Memorial Hospital System.
The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System combines the effectiveness of the traditional - or open surgery - with the benefits of minimally invasive procedures. Mercy Memorial Hospital System has taken great steps to make sure this technology is the right fit for the surgeons, the operating room staff and most of all - the patients.
Advantages of the da Vinci Surgical System Include:
- Smaller incisions
- Less discomfort
- Less scarring
- Lower risk of infection and post-surgical complications
- Shorter hospital admissions
- Faster return to daily routine
- Very good clinical outcomes
- Greater overall satisfaction with the surgical experience
It is a Great Advancement
The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is an advancement in surgical technique and patient care, providing the surgeon with three-dimensional vision of the surgical site, precise movement and some force feedback sensation of the surgical field.
A da Vinci case involves the surgeon seated at a console with a full view of the surgical site. The 'robot' is positioned over the patient and instrumentation is put in place. The surgeon controls every aspect of the procedure in real time and in full vision.
The unit is not pre-programmed, nor is it able to move by itself. Each motion of the robotic arms connected to the surgical table is directed by the surgeon. The EndoWrist® enables the robotic arms to convert every hand movement made by the surgeon into precise, miniature movements of the da Vinci instruments.
Types of Surgeries
The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System at Mercy Memorial Hospital's main campus may be used to perform a variety of both inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures including gynecological procedures and general surgical applications such as cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), colectomy (colon removal) and cystectomy (bladder removal). In 2012, robotic ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures were added. In 2013, we added urological procedures such as prostatectomy, a minimally invasive procedure to remove a cancerous prostate gland and surrounding tissue.