The surgeon’s hands control every movement of the robotic arms, which act as an assistant to the experienced physician. Much like having a second surgeon’s hands and wrists, the robotic arms rotate and move in any direction, extending the range of the surgeon’s expert touch while still using laparoscopic techniques.
This allows the surgeon using the da Vinci to maneuver precise instruments exactly as needed, even within a small space within the body. Unlike standard laparoscopic surgery, in which surgeons operate through small incisions but under strict limitations with the angle or turn of their instruments, the da Vinci Surgical System allows an experienced surgeon to have more freedom of motion to perform precise operations.
As with any surgical procedure the level of success and positive outcome depends on the patient, the procedure and the level of skill and experience of the surgeon. Your physician will discuss the risks and benefits of all your options and carefully cater your treatment to your individual needs.