Robotic Surgery

Robotically assisted surgery are minimally invasive operations performed using “keyholes” and the latest da Vinci® Xi robotic surgical system.

This is an example of difference between incisions using the robotic and open approach for radical prostatectomy performed to treat prostate cancer.

The benefits of the robotic approach include:

How does robotic surgery work? Does the robot do the procedure?

Essentially the surgeon controls the robotic arms to perform the operation. Once “keyhole” incisions are made in the abdomen, hollow tubes (cannulas) are inserted, and gas is then pumped to obtain a good view of the targeted area. The robot arms are then “docked” (attached) to these cannulas and instruments, which will be used to perform the procedure, are inserted. The surgeon then controls the instruments remotely (via the “surgical console”) to complete the operation. A surgical assistant and scrub nurse stand at the bedside and responsible for changing instruments and inserting/removing sutures, suction and placing surgical clips. Once the procedure is completed the robot is “undocked” and the wounds are closed with absorbable sutures.
The components of the da Vinci® Xi robotic surgical system (Left to right: surgeon console, vision cart, patient cart)