Cutting-edge Technology: The Da Vinci Robot
If you are having surgery, then the da Vinci® Surgical System may be an option for you. da Vinci®
Surgery is an effective, minimally invasive treatment alternative known
to offer better clinical outcomes than traditional surgery. Many of our
St.Vincent board certified physicians are specially trained in da Vinci®
procedures for complex head and neck, gynecologic, lung, prostate, and
gastrointestinal cancers. In fact, doctors at St.Vincent are performing
more surgeries with the da Vinci® System than any other healthcare facility in the Midwest. With numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches, da Vinci® procedures are less painful, have fewer complications, and shorter hospital stays.
About da Vinci® Surgery
At St.Vincent our expertly trained, board certified physicians are using an innovative robotic technology called the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform many surgical procedures.
This cutting-edge alternative to traditional surgery is designed to
provide patients with a minimally invasive surgical option and surgeons
with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and
Although the da Vinci® Surgical System is often referred to as "robotic surgery," da Vinci® cannot act on its own. Rather, the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor, who is controlling the da Vinci® system, which translates his or her hand into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
With help from da Vinci® technology, your doctor is able to
perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings/incisions,
as compared to larger incisions required for traditional surgeries. As a
result, you are likely to experience less pain and risk of infection,
faster recovery time, and excellent clinical outcomes.*
*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.