At the cornerstone of robotic surgery is the da Vinci ® Surgical System–a sophisticated platform designed to expand the surgeon's capabilities.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery, you owe it to yourself to learn about all of your medical options, including one of the most effective, least invasive surgical treatments, robotic surgery.

How does robotic surgery differ from laparoscopic surgery? They are both minimally invasive procedures that provide you with the most precise surgery and the shortest recovery, but a few key differences exist:

 Robotic SurgeryLaparoscopic Surgery
IncisionTiny incisionsTiny incisions
Surgical instruments
  • Camera
  • Small instrument
  • Surgeon's console
  • Endowrist instruments
  • Camera
  • Small instrument
Where your surgeon standsAt the consoleNext to you
How surgery is performedSurgeon directs the robot's movements from the console; the robotic instruments in your body respond in real-timeSurgeon operates using the instruments previously inserted in the incisions
Level of dexterityHighest possible; robotic instruments can rotate a full 360 degrees and are more flexible than a human hand or wristLimited range of motion compared to robotic
Ability to access hard-to-reach placesIncomparable; the robot has the dexterity to reach previously inaccessible areas of the bodyGreater compared to traditional open surgery due to smaller instruments; less than compared to robotic surgery
Recovery timeShorter compared to traditional surgeryShorter compared to traditional surgery
Risk of infection and blood lossRareRare

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