Robotic surgery is a kinder and gentler form of surgery. Both patients and surgeons see the benefits of minimally invasive surgery.
For patients, the technique causes less tissue damage than scalpels and retractors and allows patients to recover faster and with less pain.
The da Vinci system provides surgeons with a three-dimensional view of the operating area, magnified up to 12 times. Sitting at a console away from the patient, the surgeon uses joystick-like controls to manipulate tiny surgical instruments. These can be used in hard-to-reach areas and turned in ways that would be impossible with normal wrist dexterity.