The da Vinci® Robotic System utilizes robotic, computer and optical technologies to assist surgeons with operations. Though the word "robotic" is in its name, the da Vinci® Robotic system does not act on its own. Its movements are controlled by the surgeon, who sits at a console in the same room.
It has a 3-dimensional high-definition vision system, special instruments and computer software allowing the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
The da Vinci® instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist, which allows the surgeon to make small, precise movements inside the body.
Dr. Calvin Atwell, general surgeon at Hammond-Henry, said, "It's important to stay on top of cutting edge technology for surgical equipment. Utilization of the robot in general surgery has sky-rocketed, and the wristed instruments make a huge difference in performing difficult operations in a minimally invasive manner."
Because of fewer incisions, less scarring can be expected along with less blood loss, fewer complications, less need for pain medicine, lower infection rate, faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay. As a result, patients are often able to get back to their daily routines faster – without the usual recovery for traditional surgeries.
Dr. Atwell does the following robotic assisted laparoscopic surgeries at this time:
- Inguinal Hernias
- Abdominal Hernias
- Colon Resections
Dr. Giammetta and Dr. Hinzman perform robotic assisted gynecological surgeries.
As of March 17, 2017, over 40 general and gynecological robotic assisted surgeries have been completed since the end of November.
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Read more about the da Vinci surgical system on the da Vinci® website.