Robot-assisted Surgery

Tampa General Hospital offers robot-assisted surgery for a number of surgical procedures. Called the da Vinci® Surgical System, this system provides the surgeon with enhanced surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved agility, enhanced visualization and easier access to very confined areas of the body while taking a minimally invasive approach during surgery. Benefits for patients include shorter length of stay, less pain, lower risk of infection and quicker recovery.

Benefits for patients include shorter length of stay, less pain, lower risk of infection and quicker recovery. Photo courtesy of Intuitive Surgical
Photo courtesy of Intuitive Surgical

The system consists of four interactive robotic arms, a surgeon’s control console and an endoscopic tower system that provides high-definition, three-dimensional images in brilliant color and with natural depth of field. During an operation, the surgeon sits at the console, where he/she can see the targeted anatomy while using the console’s master controls to maneuver the robotic arms. These arms hold the dual endoscopic cameras, which provide stereoscopic, high-definition images, and highly specialized instruments capable of moving in any direction, exceeding the range of motion of a human hand.

The system translates the surgeon’s hand movements into extremely precise, tremor-free movements by the instruments. The surgeon can also remotely reposition the camera at any time to obtain the precise view needed.