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Advantages of daVinci

Advantages of da Vinci

With its four robotic arms and a superior 3-D visualization system, the da Vinci's masterful capabilities are used for urologic, general, cardiac and gynecological surgeries. With magnification options up to 15 times what a surgeon's eye can see unassisted, the da Vinci's visionary applications allow for more precise incisions and faster recoveries. St. Francis is the only Topeka-area hospital offering da Vinci surgical capabilities.

Named for Leonardo da Vinci, famed painter, architect, engineer, mathematician and philosopher, the technology benefits surgeons and patients in achieving a positive outcome so a normal routine can be resumed quickly.

Once the surgeon makes laparoscopic incisions and positions the robotic arms, he or she sits at a remote control panel near the patient's bed to view the surgical site in 3-D. The surgeon then manipulates the robot to complete the work that needs to be done. 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, assessing the patient and assisting the robot.

The da Vinci surgical robot was introduced in 2000. Surgeons who use the da Vinci system must attend training sessions to become certified. Additionally, a certified surgeon serving as a proctor must then observe the surgeon for two surgeries before he or she can begin using the robot.

In addition to quicker recoveries and less blood loss, patients can also benefit by not needing as much pain medication upon discharge.

The da Vinci's capabilities are especially useful for prostate surgeries because the 3-D imaging allows for better cancer control and results equal to or greater than traditional open radical prostatectomy procedures, as well as greater preservation of the nerves, resulting in lower impotence rates.

Advantages of da Vinci prostatectomy over open radical prostatectomy
  • Less operative blood loss (200 milliliters versus 1,500 milliliters)
  • Better cancer control
  • Better preservation of erectile function because of higher magnification
  • Shorter Health Center stay (23 hour observation instead of a two- to three-day inpatient stay)
  • Less post-operative pain (less narcotics used after surgery)
  • Faster return to normal activity (two weeks instead of four to six weeks)
  • Lower incidence of post-operative bladder neck contracture
For more information about the da Vinci surgical robot at St. Francis, call 295-8440 or your physician.