Da Vinci® Surgery
About da Vinci Systems
Surgical robotics for minimally invasive surgery
Your surgeon in control
The da Vinci® surgical system gives your surgeon an advanced set of instruments to use in performing robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. The term “robotic” often misleads people. Robots don’t perform surgery. Your surgeon performs surgery with da Vinci by using instruments that he or she guides via a console.
The da Vinci system translates your surgeon’s hand movements at the console in real time, bending and rotating the instruments while performing the procedure. The tiny wristed instruments move like a human hand, but with a greater range of motion. The da Vinci vision system also delivers highly magnified, 3D high-definition views of the surgical area. The instrument size makes it possible for surgeons to operate through one or a few small incisions.
A dedicated care team
The da Vinci system is one part of a much bigger picture. As the company that makes da Vinci, Intuitive’s services extend far beyond the surgical system. These include comprehensive and ongoing education, training, and support for surgeons, operating room staff, and hospital care teams. As a patient, you are at the center of a network of dedicated professionals working together to help you get back to what matters most.
Three components of the da Vinci system
Your surgeon sits at the console, controlling the instruments while viewing your anatomy in high-definition 3D.
Positioned alongside the bed, the patient cart holds the camera and instruments that the surgeon controls from the console.
The vision cart makes communication between components possible and supports the 3D high-definition vision system.
A family of technologies
Hospitals may have one or multiple versions of the da Vinci available. These systems all work to enable your surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgery. The different models include:
The da Vinci Si surgical system
The da Vinci X surgical system
The da Vinci Xi surgical system
The da Vinci SP1 surgical system
- In the U.S., the da Vinci SP® system is only cleared for use in single-port urological procedures, lateral oropharyngectomy procedures (commonly referred to as radical tonsillectomy) and tongue base resection.
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Important Safety Information
Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci® surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on nonsurgical and surgical options and associated risks in order to make an informed decision.
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci surgery, up to and including death. Serious risks include, but are not limited to, injury to tissues and organs and conversion to other surgical techniques, which could result in a longer operative time and/or increased complications. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.intuitive.com/safety.
Individuals' outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics, and/or surgeon experience.
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If you have questions about the da Vinci® Surgical System or about surgical procedures conducted with the da Vinci Surgical System, consult a surgeon that has experience with the da Vinci Surgical System. A list of surgeons that have experience with the da Vinci Surgical System can be found in the Surgeon Locator.