East Texas Medical Center Tyler has added the da Vinci® Si
Surgical System to make it easier to treat a variety of procedures
with greater benefits for the patient.
"The da Vinci technology allows surgeons to perform procedures
through just a few tiny incisions using the latest in computer and
robotic technologies," said John Stewart, vice president of
operations for ETMC Tyler. "The surgeon controls the da Vinci
system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller,
more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body.
Although it is often called a "robot," the da Vinci can't be
programmed or make decisions. The system replicates the surgeon's
The da Vinci system consists of a surgeon's console, a
patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD
vision system and miniaturized wristed instruments. The surgeon is
able to operate from a comfortable, seated position, with eyes and
hands placed in line with the instruments. To move the tools or
change the camera, the surgeon simply moves his hands.
The da Vinci system, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, has
been successfully used worldwide to perform a variety of procedures
including cardiac, colorectal, general surgery, gynecology, head
and neck, thoracic and urology. The potential benefits to the
patient compared to traditional open surgery may include shorter
hospital stay, less blood loss, less pain, faster recovery and less