Robotic-Assisted Surgery: A Minimally Invasive Option

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Fletcher Allen is excited to announce a dynamic addition to our surgical capabilities — robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System.

This breakthrough device makes it possible for Fletcher Allen surgeons to perform minute, complex procedures that can reduce complications and length of hospital stay. And having this available right here in Vermont eliminates the need for patients to travel considerable distances for this type of minimally invasive surgical care.

Our minimally invasive robotics surgery option is just the latest example of the many ways in which Fletcher Allen is able to improve our region’s quality of life. As a university medical center, we are uniquely positioned to bring world-class research, education and care to the region, giving you access to the latest, proven approaches to care.

Conditions Treated with Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Exceptionally Effective, Minimally Invasive Surgery

For most patients, robotic-assisted surgery offers numerous potential benefits over traditional, open surgery, including:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Significantly less pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Less scarring
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities
  • And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

What is Robotic-Assisted Surgery ?

Quickly becoming the standard of care for certain procedures, robotic surgery combines advanced robotic and computer technology. This allows a surgeon seated at a console a few feet from the patient to control robotic surgical instruments while viewing a three-dimensional image of the surgical field. The high degree of precision provided by this technology allows smaller incisions and less invasive procedures and the ability to perform technically precise maneuvers not possible previously.

The surgical suite is comprised of three main components:

  • An ergonomic surgeon’s console
  • A patient side cart with interactive robotic arms operated by the surgeon
  • A high definition, 3-D vision system that greatly enhances visualization of tissue planes and critical anatomy

Working from a console, steps away from the patient side cart, the da Vinci System allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site.

Unlike conventional laparoscopic surgery, the robotic arms move around a fixed pivot point which results in reduced port site trauma for improved cosmesis and increased overall precision.

The da Vinci Surgical System has been successfully used in tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide.