SMMC's Surgical Robotics Program
“Surgical robotic technology is beneficial to both patients and doctors,” said Monica Powers, SMMC’s Director of Surgery. “The da Vinci Surgical Robotic system allows for less pain and blood loss, as well as a faster recovery, less scarring and a shorter hospital stay."
The da Vinci
uses a minimally invasive technique, which entails smaller incisions and less tissue damage compared to traditional surgery. Patients can return to their normal activities in one to two weeks and are at lower risk of developing infection.
Surgeons are able to operate the da Vinci
from a computer that controls a surgical arm unit. A camera inside the patient’s body provides the surgeon with a detailed view of the operating field. The da Vinci’s
arm is able to replicate a surgeon’s movements precisely and perform procedures with the most accuracy possible.