The da Vinci Surgical Robot
City of Hope’s surgical teams utilize four da Vinci Surgical Systems
– the only commercially available, Food and Drug Administration-approved technology that can provide the surgeon with the precision, dexterity and control of traditional open surgery, while only requiring 1-2 cm incisions.
City of Hope surgeons, already renowned internationally for their broad experience and expertise in oncologic surgery, now have a powerful advantage in performing their work. These state-of-the-art systems provide a three-dimensional computer visualization system to manipulate four robotic arms. One of the arms holds a pencil-sized video camera inserted through a tiny incision to provide magnified, three-dimensional images of the surgical site.
The surgeon uses hand controls to guide the other robotic arms, which hold laparoscopic surgical instruments. This technology converts the surgeon’s large hand movements into precise, small movements, resulting in greater dexterity. The robotic arms can even rotate a full 360 degrees, allowing the surgeon to move surgical instruments with greater accuracy, flexibility, and range of motion.