Q. Why do surgeons use the da Vinci Surgical System for minimally invasive surgery?
A. Minimally invasive surgery is more common in hospitals and surgical centers than it ever has been before and the da Vinci surgical system in the newest technology in this field. It is the natural progression of minimally invasive surgery as it can handle all of the complex intricacies of laparoscopic surgery, while providing HD video and 3D imaging for the surgeon to use the instruments thru tiny incisions.
Q. What are some of benefits that the da Vinci Surgical System has compared with traditional methods?
A. There are a number of benefits that the da Vinci Surgical System has over traditional forms of laparoscopic surgery, but perhaps the most apparent is the improved surgical precision with which the surgeon can operate. With an improved accuracy and less collateral damage done to the body by the incisions, the surgeon gains an increase in range of motion inside the body with which to operate. Also, the improved dexterity of the surgical system means that there is less risk for infection, less blood loss and ultimately a shorter surgery.
The benefits are even more apparent for the individual undergoing the procedure. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, there is less of a hospital stay, less pain in recovery, smaller scars and a improved recovery time to get the patient back to their normal activities faster.
Q: What hospitals are using the da Vinci Surgical System currently?
A. The da Vinci Surgical System is breakthrough technology and has been accepted for use in a variety of states as well as countries around the glove. Currently, hundreds of surgery centers in the United States are using the new technology, as well as countries such as, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Q: Is da Vinci Surgery covered by insurance?
A. The da Vinci Surgery falls under the category of robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery for insurance purposes. Any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery typically also covers the use of the da Vinci Surgical System as well. The best way to find out if your insurance covers the da Vinci Surgical System is to contact us directly at 562-602-1012 and speak with a weight loss surgery expert about the matter.
Q: Will the da Vinci Surgical System eventually make the surgeon obsolete?
A: This is one of the common misconceptions of the da Vinci Surgical System. While the term robotic assisted surgery may give the impression that a robot is actually assisting the surgeon with the procedure, this is simply not the case. The da Vinci System was created to help surgeons advance their techniques of surgery, by performing complex, minimally invasive procedures using the latest technology. The da Vinci Surgical System is simply replicating the surgeon’s own intricate movements inside the body. The da Vinci system is not programmed like a computer and it does not make decisions on it’s own, rather it is an extension of the surgeon himself.
Q. Is the da Vinci Surgical System FDA approved?
A. Yes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the da Vinci Surgical System for use in a wide variety of surgical procedures.
For more information about the da Vinci surgical system and if it is right for you, give one of our weight loss surgery experts a call at 562-602-1012 today. You can also request a free consultation here.