da Vinci® Surgical System

Robotic surgery represents a novel way of doing surgery. It allows physicians the opportunity to offer patients minimally invasive options that might not be available with standard laparoscopy. By utilizing the robotic system, surgeons have an enhanced 3D view of the surgical field with the capability to “zoom in” and magnify up to 12 times the normal size. The robotic arms allow superior flexibility and maneuverability that improve the surgeon’s control and precision.

The robot does not make any decisions or movements on its own, nor can it be programmed to act independently. It has no autonomy and moves only from direct input from the surgeon.

The robotic system used at The University of Kansas Health System is the da Vinci® Surgical System, which was acquired in 2004. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000 for abdominal procedures and in 2005 for gynecologic procedures. It is also used extensively by urologists since 2001 for prostate removal as well as cardiothoracic surgeons.