Frequently Asked Questions About Robotic-Assisted Surgery

da Vinci Surgical System

Robotic-Assisted Sugery: What You Need To Know

Q. Is robotic-assisted surgery similar to laparoscopic surgery ?

Both are considered Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), surgery that uses a small incision for a quicker recovery time.

Q. What are the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery compared with traditional methods of surgery ?

There are tremendous benefits for both surgeon and patient. Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using robotic-assisted surgery over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Benefits experienced by patients may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities. None of these benefits can be guaranteed, as surgery is necessarily both patient- and procedure-specific.

Q: Where is the da Vinci Surgical System being used ?

Currently, the da Vinci Surgical System is being used in hundreds of locations worldwide, in major centers in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia and Turkey.

Q. Has the da Vinci Surgical System been cleared by the FDA ?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the da Vinci Surgical System for a wide range of procedures. Click here to read the FDA Clearance page for specific clearances and representative uses.

Q: Is robotic-assisted surgery covered by insurance ?

Categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS), any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers da Vinci Surgery. This is true for widely held insurance plans like Medicare. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package. For specifics regarding reimbursement for da Vinci Surgery, or if you have been denied coverage, please call the Reimbursement Hotline at 1-888-868-4647 ext. 3128. From outside the United States, please call 33-1-39-04-26-90.

Q: What procedures are being performed at Fletcher Allen using robotic-assisted surgery ?

Currently, the robotic-assisted surgery is being used for Prostatectomy, Sacrocolpopexy (Uterine or Vaginal Vault Prolapse), Hysterectomy, Myomectomy and Pediatric Urology. Other procedures will be added in the future.

Q: Am I a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery ?

You may be. To find out, click here for a candidacy questionnaire.

Q. Why is it called the da Vinci Surgical System ?

The product is called "da Vinci" in part because Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot. He also used unparalleled anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details to bring his masterpieces to life.