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Robotic Machine Makes Surgery Less Painful for Patients
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on October 10, 2012 @ 7:20PM
Created on October 10, 2012 @ 6:25PM
The da Vinci Si Surgical System at UHC is a new machine that helps surgeons use a minimally invasive approach. It makes smaller incisions on patients resulting in less blood loss, less pain and shorter hospital stays.

The da Vinci is essentially three large machines. One has hand-like instruments which actually perform the surgery. A surgeon looks into a camera and operates little knobs on another one to make those arms move and a third machine transmits the information from the other two.
 
Right now, UHC uses it in their urology department but the da Vinci can be used in other places in the hospital in the future.
 
"The robot does not do anything on its on. Every movement is done by the surgeon. The robotic arms, which are actually the business end of the robot, are attached to instruments that perform the surgery. It can be used for many, many types of surgery," said Dr. Lucas Wiegand.

This type of machine gives surgeons a better look at what they're doing.

The patients are still required to prep for the surgery as if they were just going under the knife with a surgeons hand. In fact, the surgeon also must physically make incisions and close a patient with their hands before and after a surgery. Of course patients do have the choice to not use this machine but Dr. Wiegand said most do choose this modern technology.

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