Surgeons at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery perform minimally invasive, robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. da Vinci is beneficial for performing a wide range of routine and complex surgical procedures, including cardiac, colorectal, general, gynecology, head & neck, thoracic and urology surgeries.
With da Vinci, small incisions are used to insert miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera into the surgical site . Seated comfortably a few feet away at the da Vinci console, your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Although it is often called a "robot", the da Vinci System cannot move or operate on its own - the surgeon is 100% in control.
For many, surgery performed using the system has a number of benefits including smaller incisions (smaller scar), less pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and a faster return to normal activities.
Talk with your physician about the da Vinci Surgical System and minimally invasive surgery.
All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci Surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary. Serious complications may occur may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to an open approach; or the need for additional or larger incision sites. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery. Other surgical approaches are available. Patients should review the risks associated with all surgical approaches. They should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci is right for them. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety and indications for use, please refer to http://www.davincisurgery.com/da-vinci-surgery/safety-information.php
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