Robotic Surgery at Penn
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About the da Vinci® Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon's console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® Instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities.

The System extends the surgeon's capabilities to provide these significant benefits:

  • Enhanced 3-D Visualization – Provides the surgeon with a true 3-dimensional view of the operating field. This direct and natural hand-eye instrument alignment is similar to open surgery with "all-around" vision and the ability to zoom-in and zoom-out.
  • Improved Dexterity – Provides the surgeon with instinctive operative controls that make complex minimally invasive surgery procedures feel more like open surgery than laparoscopic surgery.
  • Greater Surgical Precision – Permits the surgeon to move instruments with such accuracy that the current definition of surgical precision is exceeded.
  • Improved Access – Surgeons perform complex surgical maneuvers through 1-cm ports, eliminating the need for large traumatic incisions.
  • Increased Range of Motion – EndoWrist® Instruments restore full range of motion and ability to rotate instruments more than 360 degrees through tiny incisions.
  • Reproducibility – Enhances the surgeon's ability to repetitively perform technically precise maneuvers such as endoscopic suturing and dissection.


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