What Surgeries Are Robots Used In?

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The prostrate is very deep in the pelvis, and so if you're trying to operate on this area, even with open surgery it's a very difficult area to see. You make a large open incision but you're still kind of peering well down into the pelvis. It's also an area that is surrounded by blood vessels, and it's surrounded by nerves, and that final re-connection after you've taken it out, you have to reconnect the bladder to the urethra.

All of these things are very delicate types of operations you want to be able to tease these nerves off, you want be able to control the bleeding proactively, you want to be able to close off the vessel before you cut it as opposed to cutting it and then trying to control the bleeding.

What people have found with the Da Vinci is being able to see what they're doing, being able to have their eyes so close, or their eye sockets so close to the prostate as they're doing this surgery, allows them to tease these vessels, and nerves off much better than they would even with a pure open view.

And so what we've been seeing is that the transfusion rates have been going way down, men lose a lot less blood when surgeons are able to do this very controls excision and then also there's better outcomes in terms of when you're reconnecting the bladder to the urethra they're able to do much smaller finer stitches because they've got their small hands down inside.

And so we've been seeing that cancer outcomes and then also outcomes of continents and potency are much, much better because people are being able to do a more delicate operation.