If you have a urological condition that is unresponsive to conservative interventions, the prospect of undergoing a surgery can understandably become unsettling. The good news is you now have minimally invasive options, such as that powered by the da Vinci® robotic technology, which has been touted by experts for the superior outcomes it delivers.
Since its initial platform was first approved by the FDA over two decades ago, the da Vinci® Surgical System has already gained massive traction. The robotic technology behind it allows your urological surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered, and translated into precise maneuvering of miniature instruments within the operative site.
Let’s learn more about the da Vinci® Surgical System by exploring its components and benefits.
The Three Major Components
Da Vinci surgical systems comprise three major components, as outlined below:
o The surgeon console – This is where the surgeon is stationed during the procedure. The console allows your surgeon to control the instruments they use during your surgery. The console is equipped with an optical viewing system, which delivers 3D, high-definition views—magnifying the operative site 10 times to what the human eye can see.
o The patient-side manipulator – This is where you will be positioned during your surgery. It has three or four robotic arms that execute your surgeon’s commands and that navigate around fixed pivot points. The arms move in real time in response to your surgeon’s hand movements at the console.
o The vision cart – This is equipped with an 3D/HD endoscope (a long, thin, flexible lighted instrument with a camera at its tip) and image processing equipment that gives unobstructed, vivid images of your anatomy. The vision cart provides a view of the operative site, which is available to the entire care team within the OR.
The Benefits of da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Given its minimally invasive nature, the da Vinci robotic surgical approach provides distinct benefits for both the patient and the surgeon. These include the following:
· Improved dexterity and wider range of motion– allows for optimal precision and consequently less risk of damage to nearby healthy tissue
· Smaller incisions- mean less postoperative pain; reduced risk of blood loss, infection, or complications; faster recovery; less scarring; and quicker return to normal activities.
· Shorter length of hospital stay– Most procedures performed using the da Vinci surgical approach only take two to three hours under general anesthesia. Depending on the complexity of your surgery, you can go home within four days.
Urological Surgeon in Phoenix and Mesa, AZ
If you’re searching for a Phoenix urological surgeon in Arizona, visit us at Ironwood Urology. Dr. Desiderio Avila, Jr., offers sophisticated and highly effective solutions for the full range of urological conditions. He is highly trained and adept at the da Vinci® surgical approach, and he has established a solid reputation for the exceptional treatment outcomes he provides.
For more information about this advanced technique and to find out if you are a suitable candidate, call us today at (480) 961-232 to schedule a consultation. Or, if you prefer, you may also use our convenient request-an-appointment form.