da Vinci Robotic Surgery at Baptist

daVinci® Surgical Robot, Changing the Experience of Surgery at Baptist Medical Center

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments available.

Baptist was the first hospital in Mississippi to acquire the daVinci® Surgical System. And, the first to acquire the state's second robot, The daVinci-S Surgical System. It is the most advanced robotic surgical system available. The daVinci-S provides surgeons with enhanced features including an interactive video display, lower profile arms and greater mobility.

The daVinci® 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 to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For the patient, benefits may include:

  • significantly less pain
  • less blood loss
  • less scarring
  • shorter recovery time
  • a faster return to normal daily activities
  • in many cases, a better clinical outcome

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How Does it Work?

Surgeons at Baptist can use the da Vinci™ Surgical System, robotic technology that enhances the surgeon's ability to perform a number of minimally invasive procedures. Minimally invasive refers to procedures performed through small ports rather than large incisions.

The da Vinci Surgical System makes this possible through four components: a surgeon console, patient-side cart, instruments and image processing equipment.

The Surgeon Console

While using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp master controls below the display while the da Vinci technology seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements performed by the robotic surgical instruments inside the patient.

Patient-side Cart

This cart provides the three or four robotic arms -- two or three instrument arms and one endoscope arm -- that execute the surgeon's commands. Supporting surgical team members assist in installing the proper instruments and in preparing the 1-cm port in the patient.

EndoWrist ® Instruments

The system provides a full range of instruments to support the surgeon while operating. The instruments are designed with seven degrees of motion that mimic the dexterity of the human hand and wrist. Each instrument has a specific surgical mission such as clamping, suturing and tissue manipulation. Quick-release levers speed instrument changes during surgical procedures.

InSite® Vision System with high resolution 3-D Endoscope and Image Processing Equipment

This imaging equipment provides the true to life 3-D images of the operative field during surgery. Operating images are enhanced, refined and optimized using image synchronizers, high-intensity illuminators and camera control units.

The da Vinci Surgical System is the only commercially available technology that can provide the surgeon with the intuitive control, range of motion, fine tissue manipulation capability and 3-D visualization characteristic of open surgery, while simultaneously allowing the surgeon to work through small ports of minimally invasive surgery.

To learn more about the da Vinci system, see the website of Intuitive Surgical, the system's manufacturer.

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