The da Vinci Surgical Robot and Why We Use It

When we tell patients that we recommend using our surgical robot to perform their minimally invasive procedure, it’s not always followed by nods of approval and a trusting smile.  Many patients are apprehensive about surgery in general, but become especially nervous when they hear the words “surgical robot.”

However, in reality surgically-assisted robotic procedures are often the best option for both patient and surgeon. Timpanogos Regional Hospital utilizes the da Vinci ® Surgical System, which is called “da Vinci” in part because Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot. Da Vinci (the man) also brought his masterpieces to life with unparalleled anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details. Hence, the name the da Vinci Surical Robot.


As Dr. Brian Gill, MD, General Surgeon and Director of the Robotic Surgery Program at Timpanogos Regional Hospital, explains in the video above, “the da Vinci Robot is a mechanical and computerized interface that exists between the patient and surgeon.” This interface enables the surgeon to control the movements of the robot, which improves visualization and provides better manipulation. All of this results in smaller incisions, less scarring, and a faster recovery for the patient.

Since the da Vinci ® Surgical System can move and articulate in ways the human hand cannot, we use this technology to perform complex and precise surgeries to improve accuracy and decrease the risk of infection, but most importantly we use the surgical robot to improve your experience.


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