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Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
What is Robotic-Assisted Surgery
The da Vinci Surgical System - Robotic-Assisted Surgery
Quickly becoming the standard of care for certain procedures, robotic surgical units combine 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 this 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.
To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery, read Frequently Asked Questions about Robotic Surgery.