The state-of-the-art da Vinci® surgical system allows surgeons to operate on a patient while sitting at the robotic console about eight feet away from the patient. This system provides patients with an alternative to traditional open surgery; surgeons can now perform complex and delicate procedures through smaller incisions. Surgeons grasp and move highly sensitive instruments at a console while viewing a greatly magnified image of the surgical area on a screen. The robot precisely matches their natural hand and wrist movements, translating them to the tiny instruments placed inside the patient through small puncture incisions.
With advanced surgical options, like robotic surgery, patients experience excellent results with smaller incisions, less pain and trauma and a quicker recovery time. Geisinger offers the robotic da Vinci® Surgical System in Danville and Wilkes-Barre (more than 800 cases have been performed on the da Vinci Surgical System since 2004) for the treatment of prostate cancer with a procedure known as a robotic prostatectomy.
The da Vinci Surgical System, a product of Intuitive Surgical, of Sunnyvale, CA, teams the honed skills of a surgeon with computer-enhanced robotic technology.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the da Vinci Surgical System for use in performing many surgical procedures, including general laparoscopic surgery, thoracoscopic (chest) surgery, laparoscopic radical prostatectomies, and thoracoscopically assisted cardiotomy procedures. The da Vinci System has been successfully used in thousands of prostate cancer procedures worldwide.
DaVinci Robotic Surgery
Advantages of robotic surgery using the DaVinci surgical robot