Da Vinci robotic surgery
What is Da Vinci robotic surgery?
Da Vinci robotic surgery is the latest evolution of minimally invasive surgery. It is a technique that allows certain surgical interventions to be performed very precisely and safely, thanks to the use of small tools that are fixed to a robotic arm that the surgeon directs remotely from a console.
The robot reproduces the movements indicated by the surgeon in a highly controlled and precise manner.
This technologically advanced method provides many clinical advantages for the patient, before, during and after surgery.
Parts of the Da Vinci team:
The Da Vinci team consists of 3 parts:
- Patient trolley: It is the operative component of the Da Vinci system and is made up of four mobile and interchangeable arms , mounted on a single column, intended to support the optics, and the 8 mm instruments, with a length of more than 48 cm to reach the most complex anatomies of the patient.
- Surgical console. It is the control center . Through the console, the surgeon controls the optics and instruments using two controls and various foot pedals.
- Vision tower. It contains the central unit for elaboration and image processing to obtain a real 3D vision, as well as accessory equipment for the Da Vinci robotic system (electrocautery, insufflators, etc.).
Surgeries in which the Da Vinci equipment is used:
The Da Vinci equipment began to be used in Urology, where it has been shown that patients recover their quality of life sooner and more effectively. For example, in prostate cancer interventions, shorter times are achieved, both in surgery and in patient recovery: postoperative pain and bleeding are less, problems such as urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction are resolved earlier, in general, postoperative complications are reduced. The patient can return to his normal social and work activities in less time.
In General Surgery, the Grupo Policlínica uses it, for example, for colon cancer interventions; An advantage is that patients can resume normal eating in less time than with traditional surgeries, their recovery will also be faster and the chances of complications are reduced.
Other specialties that benefit from robotic surgery are Gynecology, Otorhinolaryngology or Thoracic Surgery.
Advantages for the patient and the surgeon:
The surgeon performs his work in a very comfortable way, sitting at the console, and with his controls directs the robot over the patient, accessing the most complex areas of the body, with excellent visualization of the anatomy.
The movements that he performs through the robot are very precise and without physiological tremor of the hands.
Surgery time is reduced thanks to these tools that facilitate and improve your work.
For the patient, the small incisions will have better aesthetic results than in the case of traditional surgeries. This will result in less bleeding, less need for transfusions, less postoperative pain, and a shorter hospital stay.
Da Vinci robotic surgery represents a before and after in surgery because thanks to it surgeons can perform interventions that were unthinkable until recently, greatly improving efficiency and allowing patients to return home much sooner after surgery.