5 Interesting Facts About the da Vinci Surgical System

Robotic surgery is an incredible development in the field of surgical procedures. It was developed to overcome some of the limitations associated with certain types of minimally invasive surgeries. At the Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia, we use the da Vinci® surgical system, which enhances the surgeon’s capabilities during procedures.

What is da Vinci surgery?

The da Vinci system is less invasive than traditional open surgery. With the robotically assisted system, the incisions are far smaller than cuts made during conventional surgery.

The da Vinci system uses magnified 3D high-definition vision and small instruments that bend and rotate far more than a surgeon’s hand could. As a result, da Vinci helps surgeons operate with better vision, precision, and control.

Since the introduction of robotic surgery, the number of open surgeries for common operations  like a hysterectomies have been significantly reduced.

Interesting facts about da Vinci surgery

Nearly two million da Vinci surgeries have been performed in medical centers around the globe. In fact, the surgery is part of a routine practice in several medical specialties. Here are some interesting facts about the da Vinci system.

1. Groundbreaking system

In 2000, the da Vinci system became the first robotic surgery system to receive approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for general laparoscopic surgery. The FDA had never before approved an entire system of surgical instruments and camera utensils.

Since then, surgeons have made tremendous progress in reducing the number of patients who receive open incisions for conditions in urology and gynecology. The robotically assisted technology is entirely safe and effective for patients and surgeons alike.

2. No more huge scars

With da Vinci surgery, surgeons need only make two or three tiny incisions to complete a procedure. There is no longer a need for larger, more invasive incisions. That means the smaller incisions heal faster and result in much less scarring. There are also fewer complications and infections associated with the da Vinci system.

3. Fast recovery times

Robotic surgery results in a quicker recovery for patients. Due to the smaller incisions, you can look forward to a faster recovery period and a shorter postoperative stay in the hospital compared to patients who undergo traditional open surgery.

You could be back up on your feet and returning to daily life within just a couple of days. And you don’t need as much pain medicine as you would with an open surgical procedure.

4. Ideal for gynecologic conditions

At the Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia, we offer da Vinci surgery for hysterectomies, as well as several gynecologic conditions, including:

The minimally invasive procedure allows greater precision and visualization along with enhanced control for complex gynecologic procedures.

5. Precise, exact movements

In robotic surgery, the robot assists the surgeon, who remains in control throughout the surgery. With the da Vinci platform, surgeons can make more exact movements along with a wider variety of motions within the small incision. The robotic system also gives surgeons a better view inside your body thanks to the high-definition 3D vision, allowing them to be even more precise.

Is minimally invasive surgery for you?

Since it was approved by the FDA, the da Vinci system has revolutionized robotic-assisted surgery across the country. The surgeries are easier on you, there is no need for a morphine pump, and you can stop pain medication in a matter of days. Many patients report returning to work in just a couple of weeks.

Minimally invasive surgery reduces complications, there is less pain and blood loss, and smaller scars.

To find out if a da Vinci surgery is the best option for your gynecologic condition, talk to our team at the Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia today.

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