With da Vinci, the surgeon first makes a few tiny incisions to introduce miniaturized instruments and a high-definition camera inside the patient. The patient’s anatomy appears on the viewer as a highly magnified, high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) image.
With eyes and hands in line with the instruments, the surgeon uses the controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. The system then translates, in real time, the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise movements of the instruments inside the patient.
Throughout the procedure, the surgeon controls every surgical maneuver. The System cannot be programmed or act in any way without the surgeon’s input.