About Parker's da Vinci Robotic System
This robotic system provides the surgeon with the precision, dexterity and control of traditional open surgery while only requiring 1-2 centimeter incisions. Surgical specialty application includes gynecology, urology and general surgery.
Parker Hospital's robotic surgery capabilities offers patients the option of having a surgeon perform their procedure with some of the most advanced surgical technology in the world. Robotic surgery offers faster healing times, improved patient outcomes, shorter hospital stays and smaller incisions. Our Surgical Services focus on creating a comfortable and positive experience for patients.
Features of the da Vinci® Surgical System include:
- Enhanced 3 dimensional, high definition vision of operative field with up to 10 times magnification
- New optical dual console allows second surgeon to provide assistance
- Superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy
- Surgical dexterity and precision far greater than even the human hand
- An additional robotic "arm" that expands the types of procedures that can be performed
Parker is the leader in offering quality surgical services to patients with a team of experienced surgeons and healthcare professionals that offer a variety of specialty surgical services to patients.
We are changing the experience of surgery at Parker for the surgeon, the hospital and most importantly…for the patient.
How is Surgery Performed With the da Vinci
When we think of robots, we tend to think of something human-looking, with a head and body, arms and legs. We also tend to think of a machine that operates independently.
The da Vinci robot is all arms — and every move they make is controlled by a trained, experienced surgeon.
Surgeons at Work on the da Vinci Robotic System
The robotic arms of the da Vinci system are attached to a base unit at one end. On the other end of these robotic arms, various tools can be attached, including:
- Endoscopic cameras for viewing inside the body
- Sharp, scissor-like instruments for cutting
- Sophisticated sewing tools that look something like tiny pliers
- Laser tools and miniature scalpels
All of these tools fit through tiny incisions made in a patient's body, and the robot’s base is wired to the surgeon's nearby computer console.
Once a patient is fully prepped in the operating room — with small incisions made, and robotic instruments in place, the surgeon moves to the console.
At the console
The surgeon's hands move the controllers, which manipulate the instruments inside the patient’s body .
- The instruments are "wristed" and have a greater range of motion than the human wrist
- The surgeon makes a precise cutting or sewing motion at the console
- The computer software translates these movements to allow the instruments to do exactly the same thing inside the patient's body — without any potential hand tremor
This approach means our surgeons can perform delicate, complex operations without the trauma of large incisions – a tremendous benefit for our patients.
About the Robotic Surgery Team
During surgery, an anesthesiologist remains near the patient’s head at all times. Also surrounding the patient are a surgical assistant and surgical nurses. Everyone on our robotic surgery teams is specially trained and highly experienced.
After surgery, patients are cared for in the recovery room, also known as the PACU and if the surgery requires an overnight stay, by inpatient nurses who are also highly experienced in caring for patients who have undergone robotic surgery.