Medical Technology

The latest, next generation surgeries are being performed today using Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s
(Sunnyvale, CA) da Vinci™S HD Surgical System, which allows surgeons to perform the most minimally
invasive procedures to date. The system incorporates the height of motion control technologies so that
every motion provides the smooth, accurate movements reminiscent of a skilled surgeon – even at slow,
calculated speeds.

The Surgical System

The surgical system itself requires only the use of two 8- and one 12-mm wide hole in a patient, for insertion of the two surgical manipulators and a camera. Only the robot and surgical assistants stand over the patient, while the surgeon, the system operator, can be across the room at the Surgeon’s console where even the look and feel of the open surgery is duplicated with precision. The whole system consists of three distinct components, which includes the surgeon console, patient-side cart that holds the instruments, and the image processing
equipment.The Surgeon Console is central to the ability of the da Vinci S HD to perform operations. Other attempts at performing surgery while using video proved difficult. The most prevalent challenge was that of directional reversals the surgeons had to deal with. Think of tying your shoes with chopsticks. When you move the chopsticks to the left, the tip moves to the right.

That’s the counter-intuitive movement that is experienced in traditional laparoscopic surgery. Through the use of the da Vinci S HD Surgical System, the surgeon is able to perform the operation while seated comfortably at a console viewing an unparalleled 3-D HD visualization of the surgical field. As the world’s first robotic surgical system with 3D HD vision, the system provides twice the effective viewing resolution than older models to now offer improved clarity and detail of tissue planes and critical anatomy.

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