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da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

Robotic Surgery

With the introduction of groundbreaking robotic surgery, USC Surgery continues its tradition of visionary innovation. Our goal is to focus our clinical and research efforts on expanding the treatment alternatives for our patients. We want to give patients direct access to the latest treatment approaches, using innovation as a guide when conventional therapy is not an option.

The USC Robotic Surgery Institute is devoted to conducting clinical and bench research to advance the use of robotic techniques in the field of surgery, encompassing all surgical specialties that could benefit from robotic surgery such as general surgery, urology and orthopedics.

University of Southern California Robotic Surgery - da Vinci Surgical System


Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Through small punctures and tiny instruments involved in minimally invasive robotic surgery, patients experience shorter incisions. The robot can accomplish what the human surgeon cannot because of its ability to mimic the human hand within a small, contained space. The EndoWrist™ Instruments transform the surgeons’ wrists, hand and fingers into tiny instruments.

During the procedure, while the console surgeon operates the sophisticated robot from a distance, the bedside surgeon is responsible for placement of the correct surgical ports and directing the robot into the patient. And like other surgery, nurses and anesthesiologists play key roles during the procedure.

da Vinci Surgical System schematic layout in operating room


About the da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System enables doctors to perform surgery in a manner never before experienced. With the surgeon sitting at a console a few feet from the patient, da Vinci translates that surgeon’s hand movements into corresponding micro-movements of instruments inside the patient’s body.

The da Vinci System provides better visualization, dexterity, precision and control than open surgery, while enabling the surgeon to perform procedures through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions.

da Vinci master controls3D HD Vision

The da Vinci System provides unparalleled vision inside the patient’s body with natural depth perception, and magnification for more accurate tissue identification.

  • Revolutionary 3D, high definition vision with up to 10x magnification
  • Bright, crisp, high-resolution image
  • Immersive view of the surgical field

Improved visualization allows surgeons to handle and dissect delicate tissue with added precision – even in confined spaces like the chest, abdomen or pelvis. This precision allows the surgeon to minimize trauma to the surrounding anatomy, such as the neurovascular bundle near the prostate during prostate cancer surgery.

EndoWrist Instrumentation and Intuitive Motion

As surgeons operate in confined spaces of the body, da Vinci instruments provide a range-of-motion that enhances dexterity. Added dexterity enables surgeons to more accurately and easily perform complex surgical maneuvers through small "ports" - eliminating the need for large, traumatic incisions.

  • EndoWrist instruments with 7 degrees of freedom and a range of motion far greater than the human hand
  • Reduction of surgeon hand tremors

Superior Ergonomics

da Vinci Surgical System in the operating roomda Vinci is the only surgical system that allows doctors to operate while seated. da Vinci is not only more comfortable, but may also be clinically advantageous due to reduced surgeon fatigue.

  • Optimal alignment of visual and motor axes
  • Comfortable seated posture

The design of the da Vinci System allows for natural hand-eye positioning at the surgeon's console, which provides better ergonomics than traditional open and laparoscopic technology.

The da Vinci System's robotic arms hold the camera and instruments steady. For the patient, that means less potential for torque and trauma to the body. For the surgeon, it can man less assistance needed and reduced fatigue.

Finally, with the robotic arms providing added mechanical strength, surgeons can now offer a minimally invasive approach to higher-BMI patients who are considered obese.

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