Frequently Asked Questions About da Vinci Robotic Surgery

It is surgery done through tiny incisions, rather than the long cuts used in open surgery. Smaller cuts mean less pain and blood loss, fewer post-op issues and a quicker recovery.

It is named in honor of Leonardo da Vinci, who invented the first robot. da Vinci was famous for great anatomical accuracy in his paintings. The da Vinci® Surgical System likewise gives surgeons great detail and precision.

Surgeons do surgery with greater accuracy and precision using the da Vinci. It also results in less pain and blood loss, fewer post-op issues and a quicker recovery.

Da Vinci can be used for gynecologic, urologic, gasteointestinal, head and neck and general surgeries. At Loma Linda, our surgeons are pioneering new types of da Vinci surgery on an ongoing basis.

Yes. The FDA has cleared the da Vinci® Surgical System for a wide range of procedures.

The da Vinci® Surgical System is being used worldwide. Surgeons at Loma Linda do more robotic surgeries each year than any other teaching hospital west of the Mississippi.

No. The surgeon runs the da Vinci system. It can’t make decisions or make any movement without the surgeon's direct input.

Yes, the da Vinci needs a surgeon to run it. The da Vinci enhances the surgeon’s ability to do complex surgery, but it cannot move on its own.

No. The surgeon sees the area being operated on using high definition, “real time” video.


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