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Robotic-assisted da Vinci® Surgery

The robotic-assisted da Vinci® surgical program at Inova is the state-of-the-art alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional minimally invasive surgery. Your surgeon's hands are at the controls of a robotic platform so refined that even the most complex, delicate procedures can be performed through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

Robotic-assisted surgery is the most recent and innovative surgical technique and became available in the late 1990s. Building on the techniques for laparoscopic surgery, the surgical tools inserted into the patient through the ports are connected to robotic arms rather than held by the surgeon. The robotic arms, however, are fully controlled by the surgeon. The level of surgical precision is unsurpassed, and there are numerous other advantages as well.

Robotic-assisted da Vinci technology is available at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Advantages of robotic-assisted surgery

The advantages for the patient are significant. The small incisions made to allow access for the surgical tools and camera mean less blood loss, lower risk of blood transfusion and infection, a shorter hospital stay, decreased need for pain medication and a quicker recovery and return to normal function. Patients also benefit from the high-tech nature of the equipment. The robotic camera provides ten-fold magnification and three-dimensional vision rather than the two-dimensional vision of a laparoscope. The robotic arms move with incredible precision, moving in, out and with a wrist-like turning motion of 360 degrees. Human tremor is filtered out completely.

The surgeon and surgical team work from a comfortable, ergonomic position, resulting in less fatigue during long complex cases. Is everyone a candidate for robotic surgery? Robotic-assisted surgery is appropriate for many different types of conditions, including cancer and non-cancerous procedures, and is available for adults and for children. Learn more about robotic-assisted surgery's risks and benefits and then talk with your physician to see if this minimally invasive surgery is right for you.