ROBOTIC SURGERY

Robot assisted surgery allows the surgeon to operate through robotic arms fitted with precision instruments. This requires much smaller incisions, and gives the surgeon a greater acurracy than a human hand can offer. Patients will enjoy a shorter stay in hospital and a faster recovery time.

Mike has performed Auckland’s largest number of Robot Assisted Radical Prostatectomies (more than 300 cases).

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The Robot Surgery is a remarkable improvement over conventional laparoscopy.  The da Vinci System’s ergonomic design allows the surgeon to operate from a comfortable, seated position at the console, with eyes and hands positioned in line with the instruments. To move the instruments or to reposition the camera, the surgeon simply moves his/her hands.

By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction.

This ultimately raises the standard of care for complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient benefits. For the patient, Robotic Surgery can offer all the potential benefits of a minimally invasive procedure, including less pain, less blood loss and less need for blood transfusions. Moreover, the da Vinci System can enable a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities.

Clinical studies also suggest that the da Vinci System may help surgeons provide better clinical outcomes than conventional technologies allow — for example, better cancer control and a lower incidence of impotence and incontinence with da Vinci Prostatectomy.

For more information, see:  www.intuitivesurgical.comwww.davincisurgery.comwww.surgerybyrobots.co.nz, TV3 News Report – Michael Mackey