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Robotic Technology

da Vinci Robotic Surgical SystemThe da Vinci® Robotic Surgical Systems at Gwinnett Medical Center–Lawrenceville and Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth were designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and—for the first time—offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery.

It is this state-of-the-art technology combined with the experience of a highly trained surgeon, robotic operating room nurses and a surgical technologist that can achieve the level of expertise that is critical in the success of utilizing this new technology.

The da Vinci Surgical System is the only commercially available technology that provides the surgeon with the precision, dexterity and control of traditional open surgery while only requiring 1–2 cm incisions.

da Vinci Robotic Surgical System master controlsTo operate, the surgeon uses the master controls at an operating console to work the robotic arms like forceps.

As your surgeon manipulates the controls, the da Vinci responds in real time, translating his or her hand, wrist and finger movements into precise movements of miniaturized instruments.

When considering surgical treatment options, many patients ask, “Is it safe?”

The da Vinci Surgical System has been used successfully in tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide. In addition, it offers multiple safety features, which help create the least invasive approach.

First and foremost, the da Vinci System does not make decisions or operate on its own. Every surgical maneuver is performed by your surgeon.

With robotic surgery, as with traditional methods, you are under the care of at least two medical professionals: your surgeon as well as his or her supporting team. Your surgeon requires at least one assistant at your side during surgery. This team-member assists with tasks such as switching between instruments to provide your surgeon with the optimal instrument for the procedure step being performed.

Just a few feet away, your surgeon operates using the console controls. As he or she maneuvers the controls, the robot responds. Tremor reduction minimizes unintended movements, which means that the robotic instruments can move in a more precise manner than a human hand.

Because the robot is doing the majority of the intensive work and your surgeon operates while seated, he or she experiences much less fatigue.

For a physician referral, call 678-312-5000 or click here to find a doctor and search “robotic surgery.”