Why da Vinci Surgery?

Using the da Vinci System, doctors operate through a few small incisions in your abdomen or through the belly button* (similar to traditional laparoscopy), instead of a large open incision. The da Vinci System gives doctors a 3D HD view inside your body. It also features surgical instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist.

da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies for simple and complex procedures. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. As a result of da Vinci technology, doctors can operate with enhanced vision, precision and control. With minimally invasive surgery, there are various options for removing the uterus. Your surgeon will recommend the option he/she thinks is best for you.

The brochures below include more details about surgery options your doctor may recommend.

 


* Single-Site® technology is only available for benign (non-cancerous) conditions.
1 Inpatient data: Agency for Healthcare, Research and Quality (AHRQ). Outpatient data: Solucient® Database - Truven Health Analytics.
da Vinci data: Intuitive Surgical internal estimates. 2013

Risks & Considerations Related to Benign Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and possibly nearby organs): Injury to the ureters (the ureters drain urine from the kidney into the bladder), vaginal cuff problem (scar tissue in vaginal incision, infection, bacterial skin infection, pooling/clotting of blood, incision opens or separates), injury to bladder (organ that holds urine), bowel injury, vaginal shortening, problems urinating (cannot empty bladder, urgent or frequent need to urinate, leaking urine, slow or weak stream), abnormal hole from the vagina into the urinary tract or rectum, vaginal tear or deep cut.   Uterine tissue may contain unsuspected cancer.  The cutting or morcellation of uterine tissue during surgery may spread cancer, and decrease the long-term survival of patients.

Risks & Considerations Related to Cancer Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and possibly nearby organs): Injury to the ureters (the ureters drain urine from the kidney into the bladder), vaginal cuff problem (scar tissue in vaginal incision, infection, bacterial skin infection, pooling/clotting of blood, incision opens or separates), injury to bladder (organ that holds urine), bowel injury, vaginal shortening, problems urinating (cannot empty bladder, urgent or frequent need to urinate, leaking urine, slow or weak stream), abnormal hole from the vagina into the urinary tract or rectum, vaginal tear or deep cut. 

Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/safety for Important Safety Information.

da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments. There may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with da Vinci. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models. © 2015 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. All rights reserved. Product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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