Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is minimally invasive surgery?
A: Minimally invasive surgery is typically performed through smaller incisions, resulting in a potentially shorter recovery time, fewer complications, shorter hospital stay and reduced risk of infection.
Q: What are the benefits of da Vinci Surgery compared to traditional surgery?
A: Some of the benefits for surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System® over traditional approaches are greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Benefits experienced by patients may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities. These benefits can not be guaranteed, as surgery outcomes will vary, depending on the patient and the procedure.
Q: Is da Vinci surgery covered by insurance?
A: Most insurances that cover minimally invasive surgery generally cover da Vinci surgery. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package.
Q: Does the da Vinci Surgical System make the surgeon unnecessary?
A: No, the da Vinci System helps surgeons to be more precise, advancing their technique and enhancing their capability in performing complex minimally invasive surgery. The system replicates the surgeon's movements in real time. It cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions or move on its own.
Q: While using the da Vinci Surgical System, can the surgeon feel anything?
A: The system sends feedback sensations to the surgeon throughout the procedure. This feedback provides a substitute for tactile sensation and is augmented by the enhanced vision provided by the high-resolution 3D view.
Q: What procedures have been performed using the da Vinci Surgical System at Allegiance Health?
A: When it is the best option for the patient, Allegiance Health uses the da Vinci Surgical System to address thoracic and urologic issues as well as problems related to digestive health and gynecology.
Q: Why is it called the da Vinci Surgical System?
A: The product is called "da Vinci" in part because Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot. He also used unparalleled anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details to bring his masterpieces to life. The da Vinci Surgical System similarly provides physicians with such enhanced detail and precision that the system can simulate an open surgical environment while allowing operation through tiny incisions.