daVinci Surgical System – Pioneering Minimally Invasive Surgery

Scientists, researchers, doctors & the entire healthcare community strive each year, to find better solutions, potential cures, well-rounded therapies & treatments to alleviate and possibly relieve the pain and suffering of patients afflicted by countless diseases & illnesses.

As the digital transformation continues & innovations soar, we’re able to harness the power of  efficient technologies and the utilization of robotics has opened a world of possibilities to refine & improve the field of surgery which has long stood the test of time as a defining pillar of medicine.

At the forefront of robotic-assisted surgery, stands the state-of-the-art daVinci Surgical System’. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the year 2000, the highly advanced system designed by ‘Intuitive Surgical’ helps surgeons accomplish complex surgeries in the fields of urology, gynecology, colorectal, thoracic surgery & critical cardiac procedures.

The daVinci system allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures by translating the more rigid movements of our hands into highly precise twists & turns with a much greater range of motion. The combination of tiny-wristed instruments clubbed with crystal clear, 3D, high-definition views of the surgical area mean only the smallest & most minimum incisions are required to complete a surgery.

To get a better understanding of how the daVinci system works, we need to delve deeper into its various components:

  • SURGEON CONSOLE: The central hub & control center for the surgeon to sit & guide the fine movements of the instruments while viewing HD imaging within the patient’s body.

  • PATIENT CART: Placed alongside the patient’s bed, it holds the entire set of equipment, including the cameras & the three or four mechanical arms that support the instrument arms.

  • VISION CART: This electronic cart houses the component required for smooth communication between the both end points of the daVinci system. Comprising the electrical surgical unit & image processing hardware & software, it is usually operated by a trained assistant.

  • ENDOWRIST INTRUMENTS : Allowing for a higher degree of dexterity and motion, these comprise the tip of the robotic surgical instruments with each designed for a specialized purpose such as clamping, cutting, coagulating (clotting blood), dissecting, suturing (closing wounds) and manipulating tissue.

The daVinci Surgical System, coincidentally named after Leonardo da Vinci’s due to his study of human anatomy which led to the design of the first robot, has revolutionised the minimally invasive surgical space, as the standard novel innovations are trying to emulate.
Over the past 2 decades, 1800+ surgical systems have been utilized in a million+ surgeries such as laparoscopies, hysterectomies, myomectomies, prostatectomies & mitral valve repairs.

Some of the major benefits of the daVinci System are:

  • Greater surgical precision & much wider range of motion.
  • Ergonomic design leading to much longer concentration spans for surgeons involved.
  • Reduced blood loss & lower risk of infections.
  • No unnecessary cuts or incisions leading to reduced long-term scarring.
  • Shorter hospitalization + faster return to normal life.

Similarly, no tool can exist or function without inherent flaws.
The daVinci robotic system too has its own shortcomings which have been voiced over the years:

  • Initial cost of investment is extremely high ($2 million).
  • Long learning period before practical use on patients.
  • The daVinci system uses proprietary software, hence limiting any modifications surgeons may want to implement.
  • Occasional malfunctions can lead to internal scarring & bleeding.
  • Longer anesthesia times for procedures.
  • Possible trapping of gas or air under the skin.

The market for minimally invasive surgeries is only widening with huge potential across domains such as urology, hip & knee, colorectal, bariatric, gynecology and sports medicine.
The 2nd ANNUAL MARKETSANDMARKETS MINIMALLY INVASSIVE SURGERY CONFERENCE shall convene the leading experts, researchers, scientists, surgeons & academics to explore the entire spectrum of opportunities within the field.

Join us on the 14th & 15th of September 2022 at London, UK for an insightful & enriching couple of days – REGISTER TODAY!

Ayush Kanitkar

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