Minimal invasive surgery is one of the most important advances in surgery over the past 30 years.
In recent years, breakthrough advancement in minimal invasive surgery is the introduction of robotic assisted surgery (Da Vinci® Surgical System).
With the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons operate through just a few small incisions. It features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
Through the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons are now able to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures.
It consist of three major components:
- The surgeon console from which the surgeon sits viewing a magnified three- dimensional image of the surgical field performing the fine movements during the procedure.
- Patient-side Cart: This component of the system contains the robotic arms that directly attach to the patient. It consists of two or three instrument arms and one endoscope arm. The surgeon controls miniaturized instruments mounted on three robotic arms through the surgeon console. The surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements are transmitted through the computer console to the instruments attached to the robot’s arms. The mimicked movements have the same range of motion as the surgeon allowing maximum control.
- 3-D Vision System
The Endowrist detachable instruments apply upon the robotic arms allowing them to maneuver in ways that simulate fine human movements.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
The Da Vinci robotic system allows surgeons to perform difficult procedures, moving specially designed instruments. It offers the flexibility of open surgeries, while at the same time ensures all the advantages of laparoscopic surgery
Robotic surgery offers many benefits to patients compared to open surgery, including:
- Shorter hospitalization
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Faster recovery time and return to normal activities
- Smaller incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection
- Reduced blood loss and transfusions
- Minimal scarring
Robotic surgery is an advanced form of laparoscopic surgery where surgeons use a computer-controlled robot to assist them in certain surgical procedures.
Compared to laparoscopic surgery robotics offer further advantages to the surgeon in order to complete more complex procedures
- Superior Visualization: Revolutionary 3-D vision
- Enhanced Dexterity, Precision and Control: Motion scaling and tremor reduction
- 7 degrees of freedom – 90 degrees of articulation
- Superior Ergonomics
Applications in Gynecology
Robotic surgery is currently applied on a wide range of surgical procedures in the field of gynecology:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cyst
- Gynecologic cancer
Since completing his fellowship at Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s leading hospitals in the field of robotic surgery under the supervision of Prof. J. Magrina, Dr. Vasilis Kapetanakis has performed a large number of robotic surgeries.
In 2008 our team performed the first robotic hysterectomy in Greece. Since then, we have performed a large volume of complex robotic and laparoscopic surgeries with excellent results.
Click to see Dr. Vasilis Kapetanakis’ Unique Technique of removing fibroids robotically avoiding electrical morcellation.