The da Vinci® Surgical Platform is revolutionizing gynecologic surgery for women by overcoming the limitations of both traditional open and laparoscopic surgery.

How Does the da Vinci® Surgical System Work?

A surgeon makes three to five small keyhole incisions into the patient’s abdomen, where small tubes are placed and special instruments are inserted through the tubes.

These devices are then connected to the amazing da Vinci® robot, a highly advanced machine with four robotic arms. During a robotic-assisted single-site procedure, the surgeon sits at a robotic console, viewing a 3-D, high-definition camera image of the surgical site. The surgeon uses hand controls to move the camera and instruments — controls that translate hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the smaller instruments inside the patient.

Specially designed instruments to coagulate blood vessels and remove abnormal tissue allow more precision than traditional surgical approaches can offer. Even an extremely large uterus with multiple benign fibroid tumors can be removed from the patient’s body through very small incisions in narrow strips.

At the conclusion of the operation, the surgeon leaves the console and moves back to the patient’s bedside, where he or she undocks the da Vinci® robot and removes the tubes from the patient’s abdomen. These tiny incisions are then closed with absorbable sutures and skin glue.