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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.
The robotic arms of the daVinci system are attached to a base unit at one end. On the other end of these robotic arms, various tools can be attached, including:
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.
The surgeon's hands move the controllers, which manipulate the instruments inside the patient's body .
This approach means our surgeons can perform delicate, complex operations without the trauma of large incisions - a tremendous benefit for our patients.
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.
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