While surgery is generally the most effective treatment option for many conditions, traditional open surgery with a large incision has its drawbacks – pain, trauma, a long recovery time and a risk of infection.
Fortunately, less invasive options are available to many patients facing surgery. The most common of these is laparoscopic surgery, in which small incisions are used. Laparoscopy is effective for many routine procedures, but due to the instruments used, it has certain limitations when more complex surgery is required.
Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, doctors now have a safe and effective alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery – da Vinci® Surgery. The da Vinci Surgical System enables surgeons to operate through a few tiny incisions with dramatically enhanced vision, precision and control.
State-of-the-art da Vinci Surgery helps surgeons to minimize the pain and risk associated with traditional surgery, while increasing the chances for a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.1,2
da Vinci General Surgery procedures at Saint Peter's University Hospital include:
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It is important to talk to your doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits. This information can help you make the best decision for your situation.
1Snyder BE, Wilson T, Scarborough T, Yu S, Wilson EB. Lowering gastrointestinal leak rates: a comparative analysis of robotic and laparoscopic gastric bypass.J Robotic Surg. 2008.
2Song J, Kang WH, Oh SJ, et al.; Role of robotic gastrectomy using da Vinci system compared with laparoscopic gastrectomy; initial experience of 20 consecutive cases. Surg Endosc(2009) 23:1204-1211 DOI 10.1007s/0046-009-0351-4
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation. The clinical information and opinions, including any inaccuracies expressed in this material by patients or doctors about da Vinci Surgery, are not necessarily those of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and should not be considered as substitute for medical advice provided by your doctor. © 2010 Intuitive Surgical. All rights reserved.
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