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daVinci Surgical System

A key member of technology team at Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus is the da Vinci® robotic surgery system. Saint Raphael's new da Vinci Si HD system is breaking ground in the use of robotics for colorectal, urological, gynecological and thoracic procedures.

daVinci Surgical System

This technology offers eligible patients a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery. Its benefits include greater surgical precision, smaller incisions, fewer potential complications, less post-operative pain and faster recovery with fewer side effects.

The latest innovation in da Vinci systems, the Si HD, features a fourth surgical arm, HD visualization, an updated user interface, and a dual console to allow for easier training and collaboration between surgeons. With the da Vinci robotic surgical system, surgeons operate with the help of robotic arms that allow for more accuracy and a better view of the target area. Procedures now routinely done with the da Vinci include prostate surgery, hysterectomies and advanced thoracic and colorectal procedures.

During robotic surgery, surgeons apply the same principles of standard surgery, but with the help of four robotic "arms" can more easily access hard-to-reach areas. One of these arms holds a laparoscopic camera, and the others (guided by the surgeon) perform the procedure with built-in instruments.

Each robotic arm has a full, 360-degree range of motion and can simulate a surgeon's exact hand, wrist and finger movements. Our surgeons who use the da Vinci system have been specially trained to control the arms from a console. They're guided by a computerized, 3-D vision system that can magnify the surgical site up to 10 times its normal size. This enhanced vision gives surgeons an unobstructed view of internal body parts that have been difficult to see before.

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