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December Health Aware Feature

                                                               Dr. Marc Mitchell, The Doctors Clinic

What is Robotic Surgery?

The robot enables a surgeon not only to see in greater depth and detail, but also to manipulate instruments with more dexterity and precision. Instead of holding the inserted surgical arms and manipulating them while standing over a patient on the operating table, a surgeon using the da Vinci system is seated at an ergonomically designed work station connected by computer to the robot at the patient’s bedside. Looking into the viewfinder positioned with a head cradle, the surgeon holds two grips to make movements that are scaled and translated through the computer, allowing for precise control of three surgical arms inserted into the operating area.

The da Vinci robotic operating system, commonly called robotics, is a new tool available to surgeons. The method features a color 3D camera that provides an enhanced view that surgeons see in a high-resolution viewfinder, compared with watching what they’re doing on a conventional two-dimensional monitor above the operating table in laparascopy.

Dr. Marc Mitchell of The Doctors Clinic, who was recruited to this area to be director of robotic surgery for Harrison Medical Center, said "the visualization we have with robotics” is a major benefit for surgeons working in complex areas of a patient’s anatomy.

He said that surgeons using the da Vinci robot still need the same level of skill to perform procedures such as hysterectomies or surgery for prostate, kidney or colo-rectal cancers.

"The robotic system used in operations now is simply a tool we use,” and one that has yielded better outcomes for hundreds of patients.He said that surgeons using the da Vinci robot still need the same level of skill to perform procedures such as hysterectomies or surgery for prostate, kidney or colo-rectal cancers.