Da Vinci Surgical Robot

Successful robotic surgery is no longer just a vision for the future. Since 2002, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital has used the innovative da Vinci Surgical System® to perform minimally invasive surgeries, including general, urologic, gynecologic and cardiothoracic surgeries.

The system provides patients and surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. For the patient, benefits may include:

  • Less pain and blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to normal daily activities
  • Often improved outcomes

How does the system work? Rather than handling the surgical instruments directly, da Vinci puts the surgeon's hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic surgery platform. The surgeon sits inside a console and looks into a 3-D viewfinder. The system enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. The da Vinci system removes any hand tremors, a significant consideration for when the surgeon is working on something as small as three millimeters wide.

The da Vinci system may not be appropriate for all patients or for your type of surgery.

IU Health Methodist Hospital surgeons use two da Vinci systems, six throughout the IU Health system, enabling them to perform approximately 1,000 procedures a year with this robotic technology.