How the da Vinci® system works
The da Vinci® system comprises three main components: a surgeon-side control console and patient-side instruments and optics. The third component combines video processors and the control unit for the robot.
In contrast to the anaesthetist and surgical assistant, who, as in conventional surgery, work directly on the patient, the surgeon, although in the same room, does not stand at the operating table.
The control console contains an optical system, with the assistance of which the surgeon is able to view a highly magnified, three-dimensional view of the operation site. The patient-side instruments can be precisely and easily controlled using two special hand controls.
For our patients, an intervention using the da Vinci® system means maximum precision and is thus a key factor in minimising the risks involved in surgery. Other advantages of the da Vinci® system include significantly shorter hospital stays, less pain, less blood loss, smaller scars and faster recovery.
We are continuously working to improve outcomes for our patients. To help realise this goal, in conjunction with the Urology Department we run a central study centre, where we record long-term surgical outcomes from interventions using the da Vinci® system and evaluate these outcomes using internationally standardised criteria.
The da Vinci® system is a high precision instrument with an intuitive user interface, which offers maximum technical performance. One factor in delivering this performance is the optical system, which provides the surgeon with a three-dimensional view of structures and tissue layers at 10–20x magnification. This is far superior to medical loupes used for open surgery, which offer a maximum magnification of 3.5x.
A further advantage is the instruments, which have a diameter of just eight millimetres and are able to flex and move just like the surgeon’s wrist when performing open surgery, but with much finer control and thus greater precision. The system also compensates for the human hand’s slight natural tremor. The da Vinci®’s computer system also prevents slipping or sudden unnatural movements of the surgical instruments which, in open or laparoscopic surgery, can have potentially fatal consequences.
Despite all this technology and computer-assistance, every movement of the instruments and every step during surgery is controlled and performed directly by the surgeon. The system is not programmable and cannot perform any movements autonomously. The surgeon thus remains the key protagonist and retains full responsibility for the surgery. Throughout the operation, specialist surgical assistants and theatre nurses are on hand to assist the surgeon.
Put simply, the da Vinci® system combines the advantages of both open and minimally invasive surgery – to the benefit of the surgeon and his or her team and for the good of our patients.
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