Minimally Invasive Surgery FAQs

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.
Benefits to the surgeon include greater 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. Surgery outcomes will vary, depending on the patient and the procedure.
Most insurances that cover minimally invasive surgery will cover da Vinci surgery. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your specific plan.
The da Vinci System assists, but does not replace, the surgeon. It allows surgeons to be more precise and enhances their skill in performing complex, minimally invasive procedures. The system replicates the surgeon's movements in real time. It cannot be programmed, make decisions or move on its own.
When it is the best option for the patient, Henry Ford Allegiance Health uses the da Vinci Surgical System for thoracic surgery and procedures related to urology, gynecology and digestive health.
The product is named "da Vinci" in part because the artist Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot and used three-dimensional detail in his work.


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