This term can give the impression that the da Vinci robot alone is performing the surgery. However, the da Vinci Surgical System cannot run on its own. Your surgeon controls every aspect of your surgery. Da Vinci cannot make decisions, nor can it perform any type of movement without the surgeon’s direct input.
Mercy’s da Vinci robot has two consoles that the surgeons work at. This ensures that two sets of eyes, hands and skills are in surgery when needed. When several organs or organ systems are involved in a surgery, two surgeons from different specialties work together to assure the best treatment for the patient.
Laparoscopic surgery is typically limited to very simple procedures. Also, da Vinci offers greater precision than the human hand can allow and its high-definition cameras see more than the human eye, offering improved clarity, magnification and detail of tissue and anatomy, which are critical factors when performing delicate procedures.
Mercyhealth’s number one priority is patient safety. The da Vinci robotic system provides numerous safety features, including:
However, all types of surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Talk to your surgeon about your concerns.
If your doctor recommends surgery, learning about all your surgical options can help you to make the best decision for your situation and ease anxiety you may be feeling. Talk to your surgeon about your options and concerns.