da Vinci® Surgical Program

The da Vinci® Surgical System – robotic-assisted surgery at St. Clair Hospital.

Surgeons at St. Clair Hospital are using state-of-the-art robotic technology to provide the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to a growing number of patients. Named after the famous Italian engineer, mathematician and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, the da Vinci system uses the most advanced technology to enable surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control. St. Clair has the latest, most advanced model of the da Vinci system.

The system consists of four interactive robotic arms that are controlled by a surgeon who is seated at a console in the operating room. Three of the arms are for tools, such as a scalpel and scissors, the fourth holds an endoscopic camera with two lenses that gives the surgeon a 3-D image of the patient during the procedure. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments. Every surgical maneuver is under the direct control of the surgeon. Repeated safety checks prevent any independent movement of the instruments or robotic arms.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation. The clinical information and opinions, including any inaccuracies expressed in this material by patients or doctors about da Vinci Surgery, are not necessarily those of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice provided by your doctor. © 2010 Intuitive Surgical. All rights reserved.