Robotic Surgery

The Intuitive da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System, a new state-of-the-art robotic assisted technology, was recently added to the operating room at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The system offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision compared to traditional approaches in minimally-invasive surgery.

Standard laparoscopy uses small incisions to insert long-shafted instruments, but has certain limitations when the procedure, patient’s anatomy or condition is challenging or complex. The da Vinci system delivers equal or improved outcomes while maintaining the same “look and feel” of open surgery. The System allows surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. A number of procedures that could not be performed using traditional minimally invasive technologies can now be performed using the robotic system.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital is one of only a couple of hospitals in the area to also have the Intuitive da Vinci® Skills Simulator, a virtual-reality training device, to help surgeons train and practice before using the new device. The training device looks and feels like the real thing, but instead of using physical instruments, surgeons utilize virtual needles and objects.

By providing a controlled re-creation of critical steps in instrument control, simulation allows surgeons to practice their skills in a non-clinical environment that once required expensive models or cadavers for learning.

To learn more about the da Vinci Surgical System and to read Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s official press release, click here.