How It Works

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a breakthrough technology that serves as a minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy.

Surgeons using the robot make dime-size incisions to introduce miniaturized, wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Seated at the da Vinci console, the surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site. At the same time, state-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments.

In other words, the surgeon is always in control, but there is no longer a need for incisions large enough to accommodate the surgeon's hands. The increased precision and decreased incision size make a huge difference in the patient's surgical experience and post-operative recovery.

Though it quickly emerged as a best-practice device for urological surgery (80 percent of all prostate surgery is done robotically) the da Vinci is now assisting surgeons who are performing more complex cardiac, gynecological, bariatric and general surgery procedures. The third-generation da Vinci Si now in place at Sacred Heart is the first of its kind in Oregon. It has advanced high-definition 3D visualization with up to 10x magnification. These enhancements provide an immersive view of the operative field that represents a 60 percent improvement over any previous generation da Vinci.

Through the generous support of community donors, Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation provided funds to purchase a da Vinci Si Surgical System for Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. The system was installed in an operating suite at Sacred Heart Medical Center in June 2009.

The da Vinci has become an important surgical tool in the effort to expand options for more complex minimally invasive surgery, an area in which Sacred Heart's surgeons rank among the best in the state. The benefits of robotic-assisted surgery are not just nice-to-have options; they are what every surgical patient wants whenever possible, and what Sacred Heart strives to provide. More than 18,000 surgical procedures are performed every year at Sacred Heart and over 60% are done minimally invasively. The robotic-assisted options are the next evolution of minimally invasive surgery.

See how the new da Vinci Surgical System works

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da Vinci Surgical System