da Vinci® Robotic Surgery Overview

Urologic Surgery

When medication and other non-surgical treatments are either unavailable or cannot relieve symptoms, surgery is the accepted treatment for a broad range of conditions that affect the male reproductive organs and the organs of the urinary tract. These conditions include, but are not limited to, prostate cancer, ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction, bladder and kidney cancer and vesicoureteral reflux.

Facing any kind of urologic surgery creates a great deal of anxiety for most men. Among your concerns is: “Will my body function normally following surgery?” Traditional open urologic surgery – in which large incisions are made to access the pelvic organs – has been the standard approach when surgery is warranted. Yet common drawbacks of this procedure include significant post-surgical pain, a lengthy recovery and an unpredictable, potentially long-term impact on continence and sexual function.

Fortunately, less invasive surgical options are available to many patients facing urologic surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopy, which uses small incisions. While laparoscopy can be very effective for many routine procedures, limitations of this technology prevent its use for more complex urologic surgeries.

A new category of surgery, introduced with the development of the da Vinci® Surgical System, is being used by an increasing number of surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures. This minimally invasive approach, utilizing the latest in surgical and robotics technologies, is ideal for delicate urologic surgery. This includes prostatectomy, in which the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. Using da Vinci, your surgeon has a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.


Learn More about the da Vinci Si

Launched in April 2009, the da Vinci Si introduces several enabling features, including:

  • Enhanced high-definition 3D vision for superior clinical capability
  • An updated user interface for streamlined setup and OR turnover
  • Extensibility for digital OR integration
  • Dual-console capability to support training and collaboration during minimally invasive surgery.

The da Vinci Si System retains and builds on the core technology at the heart of the existing da Vinci and da Vinci S Systems:

  • Advanced 3D HD visualization with up to 10x magnification and an immersive view of the operative field
  • EndoWrist® instrumentation with dexterity and range of motion far greater than even the human hand
  • Intuitive® motion technology, which replicates the experience of open surgery by preserving natural eye-hand-instrument alignment and intuitive instrument control

Together, these technological advancements provide da Vinci surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach to many complex surgical procedures.

Read More About the da Vinci Si System's Features and Benefits

Last modified: Apr 29, 2014

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