Benefits of Robot-Assisted Surgery


Robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Si HD Surgical System* is a minimally invasive approach that gives your surgeon greater precision and control over the surgical instruments than is possible with human movement alone. And compared to open surgery, it can offer additional patient benefits, including:

  • Less pain and blood loss
  • Less scarring, due to tiny surgical incisions
  • Shorter recovery time and hospital stay
  • Quicker return to your daily activities
  • Lower rate of surgical complications

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An Evolutionary Leap Forward in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Surgeon's hands working at the da Vinci consoleThe surgeon’s hand movements are translated into precise movements of robotic instruments working inside the patient's body.

Thanks to an evolution in surgical technology, Scott & White offers a safe and effective alternative to traditional open surgery and laparoscopic surgery that allows us to provide patients with the best of both approaches for a wide range of complex surgical procedures.

Robot-assisted surgery — also called robotic surgery — is a proven technique in which a surgeon performs minmally invasive surgery using a computer console to control very small instruments and a high-resolution camera attached to robotic arms.

Scott & White first began offering patients robot-assisted surgery in 2005 when we purchased the da Vinci® Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. To support our ongoing mission to provide the highest quality healthcare, we recently upgraded to Intuitive Surgical's newest technology: the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System.*

The Most Technologically Advanced Robot-Assisted Surgery Platform Available

The new da Vinci Si HD Surgical System enables Scott & White surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions. The da Vinici provides superior live 3D visualization and magnification of the surgical area, plus greatly enhanced precision, dexterity and control.

“All movement of the da Vinci robotic instruments are initiated and controlled by the surgeons, who are alongside the patient every step of the way," explains Kristofer R. Wagner, MD, Director of Robotic Surgery. "The beauty of this technology is that the robotic functionality is so much more precise than human movement.”

Exclusive Fluorescence Imaging Enhances the Surgeon's View and Adds to Patient Safety

The da Vinci Si HD system features exclusive fluorescence imaging technology, which gives Scott & White surgeons a significant, additional level of surgical control and safety not available with previous generations of the da Vinci system. Like your ability to see a fluorescent light in the dark, fluorescence imaging lets our surgeons see more than they could with the naked eye alone. 

Here's how it works.

First, a temporary green dye is administered into the patient's blood system. Then, during surgery, the da Vinci camera's near-infrared light is used inside the patient's body to illuminate the dye as it moves through tissue and blood vessels in the surgical area. As a result of this added illumination, the surgeon can more precisely position clamps and the robotic instruments during surgery. And the surgeon can easily switch the da Vinci camera's light between standard and fluorescent views.

If you're a candidate for robot-assisted surgery, you can now have even more confidence in what has already proven to be a safe, effective option for a wide range of complex surgical procedures.

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*Also referred to as the da Vinci robot

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the risks and benefits.

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