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Gundersen Robotic Surgery Team

Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci® Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons at Gundersen Health System's Center for Robotic Surgery to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

How robotic-assisted surgery works

During robotic-assisted surgery, a certified surgeon performs a procedure with a team of highly trained nurses and operating room staff while sitting at a specialized surgical console. The surgeon views a high-definition, 3D image of the surgical site and uses the platform to control four robotic arms. The arms hold a camera and instruments and carry out the surgeon's every command.

Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery

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Because robotic-assisted surgery is performed through very small incisions, patients may experience:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Minimal scarring
  • Shorter recovery times
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities

When is robotic-assisted surgery used?

The leading-edge equipment used during robotic-assisted surgery allows providers to perform procedures with extreme precision. This makes the technique ideal for many basic and complex surgeries. At Gundersen's Center for Robotic Surgery, we offer robotic-assisted surgery in the following specialties:

How is robotic surgery different from laparoscopic surgery?*

Both laparoscopic surgery and robotic-assisted surgery are forms of minimally invasive surgery.

Laparoscopic surgery has been used for more than 20 years with significant patient benefits over open incision for surgery. During laparoscopic surgery, a surgeon performs a procedure holding instruments. He or she views the surgical area through an endoscopic camera, which projects an image onto a nearby monitor. However, there are limits to what can be done with laparoscopic instruments in some situations.

Robotic-assisted surgery is considered an evolution in minimally invasive surgery. A surgeon performs a procedure while sitting at a state-of-the-art surgical console, where he or she views a high-definition, 3D image of the surgical site. The surgeon uses the console to control surgical instruments, which move just like a miniature version of the surgeon's hands.

The approach seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into exact, real-time movement of the surgical instruments. The advanced technology allows the instruments to bend and rotate more than traditional instruments and the surgeon's wrist.

*Information adapted from Intuitive Surgical, makers of da Vinci®.

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