Da Vinci Surgical System


The Da Vinci surgical system, which has gained significant interest in the medical world in recent years, is among the leading health services of the Ekol International Hospital. This state-of-the-art system, led by expert doctors, delivers patients the highest level of health care.

This system offers an innovative approach to traditional surgical methods, enabling surgeons to perform their operations more precisely, effectively, and minimally invasively. Thanks to the coordinated movements of the robotic arms, surgeries result in less tissue damage and faster recovery times.

The Da Vinci surgical system strengthens Ekol International Hospital's leading position in healthcare by offering patients safer and more effective treatment options. This technological advance, combined with the knowledge and experience of specialist doctors, enables patients to experience fewer post-operative complications and faster post-surgical recovery. Thus, Ekol International Hospital continues to provide a reliable health experience to its patients with the superior services provided by the Da Vinci surgical system.

Da Vinci Surgical System

How Does the Da Vinci Surgical System Work?

The Da Vinci surgical system has been used for over 25 years in many fields, including general surgery, gynecology, urology, breast surgery, pediatric surgery, and CVD. It has been used in more than 12 million surgeries worldwide.

The Da Vinci robotic surgical system consists of three main components interconnected through fiber optic connections in the operating room environment and works entirely according to the doctor's instructions. These components are the Patient Cart, the Surgeon Console, and the Vision Cart.

Patient Cart

The patient cart is where the patient is connected to the robotic surgical system. It consists of four robots. In one arm of the patient cart, the endoscope is fitted with instruments controlled by the doctor, allowing the physician to see the inside of the body.

Surgeon Console

The surgeon console is the control unit of the surgeon who performs the operation, which helps to move the arms in the patient's head unit and transmits all the surgery's hand movements without interruption.

There is a stereo viewer for 3D vision, a right-left panel for the surgeon to make ergonomic adjustments, and a touch middle panel for zoom and image settings. Foot pedals are available for endoscopic motion, instrument-to-instrument transition, and activation of the energy unit.

The robotic surgical system gives the surgeon great precision and control. Because the movements of the robotic arms are rigorously controlled, surgeons can perform challenging and sensitive surgeries more easily. This has a positive impact on the outcome of the surgery.

Vision Cart

The endoscope and the system’s processor are installed in the vision cart. The vision cart has a touch screen and a power unit. The hospital unit and the surgeon console are connected to the unit by fiber optic cables.

The Da Vinci surgical system allows observing the surgical area with high-resolution 3D images. It allows you to make better surgical planning with 16x larger visualization.

Does a robot do the surgery?

Absolutely not! The surgeon performs the surgery completely under his own control, using the most suitable instruments for the patient.

While using the Da Vinci robotic surgical system, surgeons can choose from various sensitive, multifunctional instruments with full wrist capabilities. This option creates an environment where surgeons can use the best and most suitable instrument for the type of surgery to be performed and operate minimally invasively for more patients.

The surgeon performs the surgery using the components in the surgical console, the 3D endoscope (camera), and instruments on the vision cart. The instruments used can make wrist movements that are impossible in laparoscopic surgery. This allows the surgeon to easily perform all the instrumental movements he wishes to make within the patient.

What Are the Advantages of Da Vinci Robotic Surgery?

The Da Vinci surgical system has many advantages:

  1. Precision and Control: The Da Vinci surgical system gives surgeons high precision and fine control. The fine and delicate movements of the robotic arms allow the surgeon to direct the operation more accurately.
  2. Minimal Invasive Approach: Robotic surgery adopts a minimally invasive approach with more minor cuts. This allows patients to undergo surgery with less tissue damage.
  3. Less Pain and Discomfort: Smaller cuts and less tissue damage make patients experience less pain and discomfort in the post-operative period.
  4. Rapid recovery processes: Minimally invasive surgery allows patients to recover faster. Shorter hospitalization and a faster return to everyday life are significant advantages for patients.
  5. Superb Imaging: The Da Vinci surgical system allows observing the surgical area with high-resolution 3D images. This allows the surgeon to perform more effectively by providing a better image.
  6. Less Complications Risk: Thanks to sensitive movements, complications during surgery are minimized. This makes the operation safer.
  7. Decreasing Pain in the Healing Process: Less tissue damage reduces the pain experienced by patients during the healing process. This will help the patients to relax and recover faster.
  8. Better Aesthetic Results: Smaller cuts and less tissue damage result in better post-operative aesthetics.
  9. More Mobility: The robotic arms' flexible and rotary structure helps the surgeon provide more mobility during surgery.
  10. Wide Application Scope: The Da Vinci surgical system can be used in various surgical areas. Effective results can be achieved in many areas, such as heart, urology, and gastroenterology.

In What Areas Is Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Used?

The Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is revolutionizing different surgical fields today. This technological miracle maximizes surgeons’ skills while helping patients recover faster. In this article, we will examine in detail the areas in which the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is used and the advantages it offers.

1. Urological Surgery

The Da Vinci surgical system represents an essential milestone in urology surgery. Due to the superior features of this technology, erection problems can be minimized, especially in men's surgeries.

Compared to traditional surgical methods, the Da Vinci surgical system allows surgeons to use their hand skills in a highly precise and rigorous manner, accelerating the patient's recovery process by offering a less invasive approach. This helps patients experience less pain and discomfort in the postoperative period, reducing the risk of post-operative erection problems.

The Da Vinci surgical system is one of the most valuable examples of integrating modern medicine with technology, ensuring men's health and quality of life at the highest level.

2. Cardiac Surgery

Heart disease has become one of the greatest challenges of modern medicine. Fortunately, the Da Vinci surgical system has made significant strides in the field of cardiovascular surgery.

This system offers the possibility of performing heart surgery with minimally invasive methods. This reduces patients' post-operative pain, speeds up recovery, and shortens hospitalization. Heart surgery can now be done more safely and effectively.

3. Gastrointestinal surgery

Problems with the organs of the digestive system can negatively affect people's daily lives. Gastrointestinal surgery treats disorders of the stomach, intestines, and other digestive system organs.

Surgery in this area is becoming more effective thanks to the Da Vinci surgical system. The system provides surgeons with high-precision images, allowing surgeries to be performed with less tissue damage. This speeds up the patient's recovery process while minimizing post-operative discomfort.

4. Obesity Surgery

The Da Vinci robotic surgery provides numerous advantages in obesity surgery, also known as bariatric surgery. The Da Vinci robotic system allows the surgeon to perform surgery with a high-resolution camera and precise instruments. These instruments mimic the surgeon's hand movements with robotic arms, enabling more accurate and controlled movements.

Robotic surgery is generally less invasive, allowing obesity patients to recover faster and spend less time in the hospital. Robotic surgery requires smaller incisions, resulting in better cosmetic outcomes. Compared to traditional open surgery, there's less scar formation.

5. Neck Dissection

The Da Vinci robotic surgery has been introduced recently for ear, nose, and throat surgeries, especially procedures like neck dissection. Neck dissection is a surgical procedure commonly used to treat head and neck cancers.

Traditionally, this operation may require a large skin incision, leading to problematic cosmetic results. However, the Da Vinci robotic surgery allows these operations to be performed in a minimally invasive manner.

6. Snoring Treatment

The Da Vinci robotic surgery is utilized in many head and neck surgeries, including treatment for snoring. Particularly for more severe forms of snoring like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), surgical treatments might be necessary. These treatments can modify anatomical structures to prevent the soft palate from collapsing and to widen the airway.

The flexibility of robotic arms allows the surgeon to make more precise and controlled movements. This results in less tissue traumatization, helping with faster healing, making this method highly effective in snoring treatment.

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is an essential step in modern surgical practice. The basis of this approach is faster recovery and less risk of complications with less tissue damage.

Minimally invasive surgery is a surgical approach that is performed with smaller incisions than conventional surgery methods. In this method, surgeons perform surgery through special cameras and fine surgical instruments. This benefits patients with less pain, shorter hospitalization, and faster recovery. The Da Vinci surgical system is one of the minimally invasive surgical methods. This allows the patient to be operated with 8 mm cuts opened during surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery brings many advantages. Some of them are:

  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Smaller cuts and less tissue damage
  • Faster recovery
  • Shorter hospital stay

How Safe Is Robot-Assisted Surgery?

The level of safety of a robotic surgeon involves many factors. First, this technology helps surgeons perform surgeries more accurately. Thanks to the fine and coordinated movements of the robotic arms, surgeons are less likely to make mistakes during surgery. This increases the success of the surgery and ensures that patients are safe.

Operations with smaller cuts make patients experience less pain and discomfort. As a result, the patient's recovery processes are accelerated and the hospital stay is shortened, reducing the risk of infection.

Robot-assisted surgical technology is a safe approach when used properly. But every patient's condition is different, and surgeons need a careful assessment. When choosing a surgical method, the patient's health, type of surgery, and surgeon's experience should be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a robot doing the surgery?

No, it's not a robot. It's a surgeon doing the surgery. Robotic surgical systems assist the surgeon during surgery and enable him to perform more precise movements. These systems work on the instructions of the surgeon.

What is the Da Vinci robotic surgery?

The Da Vinci surgical system is a surgical system that allows the surgeon to control the movements of his hands precisely. This system uses robotic arms to perform surgical instruments and operations on the patient.

What are the differences between open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery?

  • Open surgery: It's a traditional method of surgery with significant cuts. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure with small incisions with the help of cameras and instruments.
  • Robotic Surgery: Surgery is a method that allows for more precise movement through robotic arms. The surgeon sits on the console and checks the robotic arms.

Are the surgeries with Da Vinci safe?

It has been used in more than 12 million surgeries, with results from more than 34,000 clinical publications. Surgeons prefer a highly secure surgical method primarily for minimally invasive surgery.

Why should I prefer Da Vinci surgery over other methods?

With Da Vinci robotic surgical systems, more than 12 million surgeries have been performed so far, over 34,000 clinical publications have demonstrated superiority over other methods, and doctors have confirmed patient benefits. As a result, more than 7,800 Da Vinci robots worldwide are used by the most prestigious doctors in the world's most respected hospitals.

How many Da Vinci surgical systems are available in Turkey?

A total of 40 Da Vinci robots are used in surgery in 38 hospitals in our country, as well as 2 da Vinci robots for training surgeons in training centers.

Since when are Da Vinci surgical systems in use in Turkey?

Since 2004, the Da Vinci surgical system has been used in our country for the health of hundreds of thousands of patients.

Which types of surgeries use the Da Vinci surgical system?

The Da Vinci surgical system system is used in more than 70 types of surgeries in many different branches, including general surgery, gynecology, urology, breast surgery, CT, and pediatric surgery. You can find the main of these in the surgical methods tab.

How to use the Da Vinci surgical system to treat prostate cancer?

The Da Vinci surgical system is used for prostate removal (prostatectomy) in the treatment of prostate cancer. The surgeon can remove the prostate with smaller cuts and sensitive movements through robotic arms.

How can the Da Vinci surgical system help in cervical cancer surgeries?

In uterine cancer surgeries, the Da Vinci surgical system removes the uterus or cervical mouth (hysterectomy). The robotic system gives the surgeon better vision and control, helping to perform the surgery more accurately and effectively.

How is robotic surgery effective in treating cancer in the laboratory?

Robotic surgery can be effective in partial or complete bladder removal to treat bladder cancer. Robotic arms give the surgeon greater freedom of movement, allowing challenging surgical steps to be carried out more easily.

How is the Da Vinci surgical system used to treat heart disease?

The Da Vinci surgical system can treat heart disease, especially in complex procedures such as capillary surgery and coronary artery bypass surgery. The robotic system enables the surgeon to perform precise and controllable movements.

What are robotic surgery's advantages in stomach or intestinal cancer surgery?

In stomach or intestinal cancer surgeries, robotic surgery can reduce trauma to the patient with smaller cuts. Furthermore, the flexibility and precision of the robotic arms make it possible to operate more comfortably in narrow surgical areas.

What role does robotic surgery play in kidney cancer surgeries?

In kidney cancer surgeries, robotic surgery can be used for partial or complete kidney removal (nephrectomy). The robotic system helps the surgery to be performed efficiently, without complicated cuts, and by providing the surgeon with a better picture.

How is the Da Vinci surgical system used to treat lung cancer?

In treating lung cancer, Da Vinci robotic surgery can be used for partial or complete lung removal (lobectomy or pneumonectomy). Robotic arms enable surgery in narrow areas and sensitive tissues.

How can the Da Vinci surgical system help treat gynecological diseases?

the Da Vinci surgical system can treat gynecological diseases such as hysterectomy, myomectomy, and endometriosis. This system allows more effective operations with less invasive cuts.

How is robotic surgery used in liver or pancreatic cancer operations?

Robotic surgery can remove tumors in sensitive areas in liver or pancreatic cancer surgeries. Robotic arms can increase the success of these complex surgeries by giving the surgeon better control and maneuverability.

How can the Da Vinci surgical system be used to treat spinal problems?

The Da Vinci surgical system can be used as an auxiliary in treating spinal problems, especially in scoliosis (spinal curvature) surgeries. The robotic system allows the surgeon to position more comfortably and perform more precise operations.

In what cases is robotic surgery preferred for the treatment of urological problems?

In treating urological problems, robotic surgery can be preferred for situations such as prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and ureter constriction. This method is preferred because it is less invasive and has the ability to perform precise surgical steps.

Is brain surgery possible with robotic surgery and what diseases is it used for?

Robotic surgery is not yet a method widely used in brain surgery. However, in some special cases, it can be used experimentally in procedures such as surgical removal of brain tumors.

What would Da Vinci robotic surgery be an option for thyroid cancer surgery?

Da Vinci robotic surgery can remove the thyroid gland (thyroidectomy) in thyroid cancer surgeries. This method makes it possible to perform thyroid surgery with small cuts in the thigh.

How can robotic surgery help treat skin cancer?

Robotic surgery is rarely used in the treatment of skin cancer. Traditional methods are usually preferred in skin cancer surgery, but robotic surgery may also be considered in some special cases.

How is robotic surgery used in the surgical treatment of digestive system diseases?

Robotic surgery may be preferable in treating digestive system diseases, especially stomach cancer, intestinal tumors, and reflux disease. The patient's recovery process can be accelerated with less invasive cuts and sensitive procedures.

What are the methods of robotic surgery in the treatment of prostate enlargement?

In treating prostate enlargement, robotic surgery may be preferable, especially in cases where the prostate is growing. This method is less invasive than simple prostate fragmentation (transurethral resection).

Which diseases should robot surgery be preferred to open surgery?

Robotic surgery should be preferred for diseases that require complex and sensitive procedures. Especially in areas such as cancer surgery, gynecological diseases, and urological problems, robotic surgery can result in less trauma, faster recovery processes, and fewer complications. However, in any case, you should follow your doctor's advice.

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