Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
Patients may experience shorter recovery times, a quicker return to work and normal activities and less scarring when they have minimally invasive, robotic surgery with South Texas Health System Clinics. Compared to traditional open surgery, robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System may also provide patients with these benefits:
- Decreased risk of infection
- Reduced pain and trauma to their bodies
- Reduced loss of blood during a procedure
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Surgeons at South Texas Health System Clinics use robotic surgery for a variety of gynecologic, urologic and general surgery procedures. The da Vinci Xi system provides surgeons with enhanced vision, greater access to their patients' internal organs and higher precision than with previous systems.
Instead of relying on handheld instruments and a separate video monitor, robotic systems enable surgeons to control four steady robotic arms through a video guidance system. When using a robotic system, surgeons sit at a console in the operating suite with a video monitor that displays the surgical area. After the surgical arms are placed in the correct position, surgeons control them from the console to complete the procedure. The da Vinci Xi system uses smaller, lighter arms that have an extended range of motion compared to previous systems, and bending and rotation capabilities that far exceed the human hand.
The system uses laser-guided targeting to pinpoint the surgical area, and then configures itself into the optimum position for the procedure. A magnified 3D HD vision system provides surgeons with clear vision and true depth perception.
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.