da Vinci® Surgery

About da Vinci ® Surgery

The da Vinci System is used by surgeons worldwide for prostatectomy and other urologic procedures. da Vinci is a minimally invasive approach that uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery.  da Vinci is a state-of-the-art surgical system that features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments designed to take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.  With the da Vinci System, surgeons operate through a few small incisions instead of a large open incision – similar to traditional laparoscopy.  Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.  Physicians have used the da Vinci System successfully worldwide in over 2 million various surgical procedures to date.

Partial Nephrectomy or Kidney-Sparing Surgery

Kidney surgery incision comparison

If your doctor recommends surgery for a kidney disease such as kidney cancer, the da Vinci Surgery may be an option. Depending on your disease state and tumor location, you may not have to lose your entire kidney to surgery. This surgical technique is called partial nephrectomy or kidney-sparing surgery. The goal is to remove only the diseased part of your kidney sparing the healthy, functioning kidney tissue.

Sparing kidney tissue is important because studies show that patients who have their entire kidney removed are more likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) after surgery and need dialysis compared to patients who received a kidney-sparing partial nephrectomy.

Instead of a large incision used in open surgery, da Vinci surgeons make a few small incisions – similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Download the da Vinci® Partial Nephrectomy brochure to learn more.

da Vinci® Prostatectomy

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and are considering surgery – ask your doctor about minimally invasive da Vinci Prostatectomy. With the da Vinci System, surgeons operate through a few small incisions instead of a large open incision – similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. da Vincienables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Prostatectomy offers many potential benefits when compared to traditional open surgery, including:

  • More precise removal of cancerous tissue
  • Ability to perform nerve sparring surgery which enables:
    • Faster return of erectile (sexual) function: Studies show patients who are potent prior to da Vinci Surgery experience a faster return of erectile function than previously potent patients who have open surgery
    • Better chance for return of urinary continence: Recent studies show more patients with da Vinci Surgery have full return of urinary continence within 6 months as compared to patients having open surgery
    • Less blood loss
    • Less need for a blood transfusion
    • Less pain
    • Lower risk of complications
    • Lower risk of wound infection
    • Shorter hospital stay
    • Less chance of hospital readmission
    • Less chance of needing follow-up surgery
    • Fewer days with catheter
    • Less risk of deep vein thrombosis (life-threatening condition where a blood clot forms deep in the body)
    • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Prostatectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:

  • More patients return to pre-surgery erectile function at 12-month checkup
  • Faster return of urinary continence
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Less blood loss and need for a transfusion
  • Less chance of nerve injury
  • Less chance of inuring the rectum
  • Shorter operation
  • Less risk of deep vein thrombosis (life-threatening condition where a blood clot forms deep in the body)
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less chance of hospital readmission
  • Less chance of needing follow-up surgery

Download the da Vinci® Prostatectomy Brochure to learn more.