Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) allows physicians to perform many kinds of major surgery with less patient trauma and pain, minimal scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. Surgeries are performed through small incisions, which replace the large incisions needed for conventional open surgeries.
The use of robotics takes minimally invasive techniques into a new era, further minimizing the physical and emotional impact of surgery on patients. Robotically-assisted MIS represents a third generation of surgery, one which builds upon the advances to open surgery introduced by MIS. Robotic technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, introducing precise, versatile instrument movement combined with three-dimensional visualization of the operative site.
Benefits of MIS
The benefits of MIS are numerous. Traditional surgery often requires a lengthy hospital stay and weeks of recovery. With minimally invasive surgery, the goal is to accomplish internal repair while leaving the body surface as natural as it was prior to surgery. Many procedures require only several days in the hospital and promote reduced recovery time. Patients can often get back to their normal routines more quickly.
Robotics and Procedural Innovation
Intuitive Surgical is devoted to the development of computer-enhanced, robotic surgical systems that enhance surgeons' capabilities, improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. The da Vinci® Surgical System can be used for a wide variety of surgical procedures.
By integrating computer-enhanced technology with the surgeon's skill, the da Vinci System enables surgeons to enhance healing and promote well-being by performing minimally invasive surgery in a manner never before experienced.
History of Robotic Technology