da Vinci® Surgical System

Advance Surgical Technology

The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

Quicker Operations with Shorter Recovery Periods

There are three primary surgical methods: open surgery, minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery, and the da Vinci® Surgical System. Open surgery involves cutting the patient open in order to perform a “hands-on” procedure. This form of surgery is being used less and less as minimally-invasive procedures have proven to be more effective, but they are still necessary for certain types of conditions.

Laparoscopic procedures make use of a small, tube-like cameras that can be inserted into the body and display a live-feed of the patient’s internal structures on a monitor. Using this as a guide, surgeons make small incisions in the body and insert special instruments that allow them to operate without cutting a patient open. These operations put less strain on the patient and shorten the recovery period.

The robotic surgery system further advances the improvements made by laparoscopic surgery. Using a highly responsive control system, surgeons are able to make very precise movements with minimal incisions and less blood loss for the patient.

The following surgeries are currently available using the da Vinci® Surgical System​:

  • Bariatric Surgery – Weight loss surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System is minimally invasive and only leaves small scars. Even through open surgery, bariatric operations are some of the most complex procedures because it can be difficult to reach certain organs. The da Vinci system remedies this by magnifying the area with a high quality, 3D image and allowing them to perform the procedure with improved precision.
  • Hysterectomy – Traditionally, hysterectomies required surgeons to make a 6 to 12 inch incision to remove the uterus. With the da Vinci® Surgical System, the procedure can be done with five small incisions and significantly speed patient recovery time.
  • Myomectomy - Women with uterine fibroids may be able to avoid hysterectomies as the da Vinci® Surgical System allows for minimally invasive treatments that can preserve the uterus. This is a valuable alternative for women who hope to have children.
  • Prostatectomy – Prostatectomies using the da Vinci® Surgical System are currently the fastest growing treatment for prostate cancer. da Vinci® surgeries have significantly lowered rates of urinary incontinence and impotence that frequently occur as a result of prostate removal.
  • Nephrectomy – Kidney removal can have side effects and usually requires a large incision in the flank. In many cases, the da Vinci® Surgical System can remove cancerous portions of the kidney instead of the entire organ through a few strategic incisions.

Call 302.421.4376 if you would like to learn more about the da Vinci® Surgical System or other surgical procedures at Saint Francis Healthcare.