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St. Francis Health Center
Minimally Invasive Surgical Options
1700 S.W. 7th St.
Topeka, KS 66606

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Learn More About da Vinci®

The da Vinci surgical robot is designed to assist surgical teams in complex surgeries by using a minimally invasive approach that requires half-inch incisions instead of larger incisions required for traditional open surgery. The robot itself does not perform surgery but is controlled by a skilled and highly trained surgeon who sits at a remote control panel near the patient. From this console, the surgeon can view the surgical site in 3-D allowing for enhanced visualization.

The robot has four interactive arms that are controlled by the surgeon from the console. Depending on the type of surgery, three of the arms are used for surgical tools, such as a scalpel or scissors, and the fourth arm is for an endoscopic camera with two lenses to give the surgeon steroscopic vision from the console. As the surgeon moves his or her hands, the robotic arms inside the patient's body mimic the movements of the surgeon's hand. 

The robot filters out hand tremors and other factors that can affect a traditional open surgery. A complete surgical team is with the surgeon and the patient at all times, as in all surgeries, to monitor the patient and assist with the robot.

Because different tools can be placed in the robot's arms, this state-of-the-art tool can be used for a variety of surgical procedures performed by urologists, gynecologists, cardiologists, neurologists and general surgeons. 

According to the manufacturer, the da Vinci System is called "da Vinci" in part because Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot and because of his skill in bringing his art to life with three-dimensional details.

Robotic-assisted surgery can offer surgeons better visualization of the surgical site, enhanced dexterity and greater precision. For the patient considered to be a candidate for this type of surgical technique, robotic-assisted surgery can offer potential benefits, including less pain, less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to daily life.