Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, allows surgeons to perform many types of complex laparoscopic surgical procedures and is usually associated with minimally invasive surgery although it can also be used in certain traditional open surgical procedures as well. Surgeons are able to undertake certain procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible with conventional techniques. While the robot is not capable of independent movement, it responds to the surgeon's commands via an advanced remote-control system.

With the first surgical robotic system being released in the US in 1999, the technology has developed and evolved rapidly since that time with now the fourth generation system making further advances in minimally invasive surgery and being used more and more extensively worldwide.

The latest robot consists of several key components including an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system, and EndoWrist® instruments.

When performing robotic surgery, the surgeon sits at the console in the corner of the operating theatre, viewing live 3-D images of the patient's inner organs. The robot is positioned over the patient, deploying its telescope and instruments deep inside the body. Using hand and foot controls, the surgeon manipulates the camera system and miniature instruments deep inside the patient's body, allowing extremely precise and delicate surgery to be performed through tiny incisions.


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