The da Vinci machine is one of the latest technological advances in surgery. An increasing number of surgeons are using them due to their many advantages.
Parts of the Machine
The da Vinci machine is divided into several different parts. One of these is the tower, which is the part positioned directly over the patient during surgery. This contains the robot’s four moving arms. One of the arms holds the machine’s 3D cameras. The others are equipped to hold a variety of surgical tools. The arms are connected to a computer where the surgeon can control their exact movements.
The surgeon sits at the console. The console features a stereoscopic monitor that provides the surgeon with a high-definition, three dimensional view of the surgical site. The console has two master controls that allow for the surgeon to move the arms with extremely precise movement.
Another important part of the da Vinci machine is the footswitch. This gives the surgeon extra options, such as the ability to change from one source of energy to another. The machine also includes touchpads so the surgeon can quickly settings such as video and audio.
How It Works
The surgeon controls the arms of the machine at the console. A small camera is placed inside the patient to give the surgeon a complete view that they would not have available to them without the machine. The da Vinci machine uses very small instruments to create tiny incisions at the surgical site.
Although the surgeon moves the arms remotely, there is a second surgeon or assistant surgeon positioned at the side of the patient to ensure that the surgical instruments are placed correctly.
The da Vinci machine comes with many benefits. The tools are small and nimble, and the surgeon has more control with them than with traditional handheld surgical tools. The machine also uses smaller incisions than traditional surgery, which allows for a decreased risk of infection and a quicker healing process. This reduces the time that the patient needs to spend in the hospital. Finally, the 3D cameras provide the surgeon with a complete, 360 degree view of the surgical site that they would not be able to see without the da Vinci machine.
The da Vinci machine is composed of several parts, and operates differently than a surgeon during a traditional operation. The unique system brings many benefits to patients’ surgeries and recoveries.