Lake Health offers robot-assisted surgery at West Medical Center, allowing surgeons to perform complex procedures using the da Vinci® surgical robot, a precise, minimally-invasive surgical option that combines sophisticated robotics and high-definition 3-D images with your doctor’s own surgical skill. Use of the da Vinci Surgical System results in less pain, less scarring and a faster recovery.
Robot-assisted surgery is a minimally invasive surgery where the surgeon performs the operation with various instruments inserted through a series of quarter-inch incisions. Although it is a robot, it does not move on its own. Your surgeon is in 100% control of your surgery.
The surgeon is able to control the instruments, and a camera from a separate console with a monitor displays images from inside the patient in high-definition. This gives the surgeon a more detailed view of the operating site than the human eye can provide. The robotic surgery system is even more precise than the human hand.
Patients experience a number of benefits with robot-assisted surgery compared with open surgery: