Precision Technology. Guided by a Caring Expert.

Imagine all the things your hands can do. You’ve used them to change a tire, to cook a meal, to play an instrument. Now imagine that you could use your knowledge and experience to guide another set of hands to do the things you know how to do. That’s the principle behind the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System. Whether you are having prostatectomy or hysterectomy surgery, your St. Luke’s surgeon can use this robotic surgery technology to complete the procedure with delicate movement – leaving small incisions and minimal scarring.

Robotic surgery technology at work.

St. Luke’s has invested in the technology that makes robotic surgery possible. Guided by the skillful hands of one of our robotic surgeons, the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System  provides St. Luke’s surgeons in many disciplines with an excellent alternative to traditional open surgery and laparoscopy.

During robotic surgery, a powerful scope is snaked through an incision 1-2 centimeters long. Attached through the outside of the scope is a camera that allows the surgeon a highly detailed view of the surgical site. Through three-dimensional, binocular-like lenses with 10X magnification, our surgeons can see details within a fraction of a millimeter. The tiny incision also reduces blood loss, which further improves visibility.

Surgeons work remotely by controlling the robotic surgery arms attached to micro-instruments from a console a few feet from the operating table. The surgeon uses joystick-like controls within the da Vinci robot console that directly reflect the movement of the robotic instruments at the operating table. As they precisely maneuver the robotic arm, the surgical device automatically corrects any hand tremor and cutting to a minute tolerance.

Although, it is often called a “robot,” the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System cannot perform any acts on its own, nor can it make any decision on its own. The surgeon has complete control over the robotic surgery system in real time.

Only what’s best for you.

With any surgery, it’s important to discuss all your treatment options as well as the associated risks and benefits with your physician. If your physician has recommended surgery, be sure to ask if robotic surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns about robotic surgery,
call us at 419.893.5956, ext. 8818.