The da Vinci Surgical System

Bingham Memorial’s comprehensive minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery program

Something big has arrived to Bingham Memorial Hospital that will help to improve the lives for thousands of people throughout eastern Idaho.

Bingham Memorial now offers a comprehensive robotic-assisted surgery program. With our diverse group of specially trained general surgeons, gynecologists, and urologists at the controls, the da Vinci Surgical System allows for greater operative precision, smaller incisions for minimal scarring, and faster return to everyday activities.

What is robotic-assisted surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery uses a platform called the da Vinci Surgical System, offering advanced robotic, computer, and optical technologies to assist surgeons with operations. The da Vinci system does not move on its own; rather, its surgical instruments are remotely controlled by a specially trained surgeon.

The da Vinci Surgical System features a 3D, high definition (3D-HD) vision system and special instruments that allow surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so surgeons have a close-up view of the operative area. The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist—allowing surgeons to make small, precise movements inside the body.

The da Vinci Surgery is a less invasive technique than what is referred to as “open” surgery. With robotic-assisted surgery, the incisions are much smaller than the incisions made during open surgery, and thus considered “minimally invasive.”

Studies of minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery have shown the following benefits in comparison to open surgery:

  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Smaller incisions for minimal scarring

Since its introduction, robotic-assisted surgery has greatly reduced the number of open surgeries for common operations (such as prostatectomy). Thanks to this technology, more patients have been offered minimally invasive surgery than at any other time in history.

What procedures use robotic-assisted surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery provides less invasive options for several procedures. Bingham Memorial Hospital is currently using the da Vinci Surgical System in general laparoscopic, gynecologic and urologic surgeries, such as prostate removal. Other procedures include: gallbladder removal, hysterectomies, ovary removal for benign conditions, and partial nephrectomies.

Robotic-assisted surgery may be a better option for a variety of procedures because it is less invasive, including traditional open urologic surgery. Many urologic procedures require precise operative control, such as prostatectomy, as the target site is tightly confined and surrounded by delicate nerves responsible for sexual function. Utilizing the da Vinci system, robotic-assisted surgery allows for greater surgical precision and better ergonomics; therefore, it is much better suited to preserve function and allow for faster return to everyday activities.

Is robotic-assisted surgery right for you?

Only your doctor can say if you are a good candidate. If you think you may be a candidate for a robotic-assisted procedure performed with the da Vinci Surgical System, ask your doctor during your next visit.

Bingham Memorial Hospital has several specially-trained surgeons who are available for consultations for patients with general, gynecological, and urological surgical needs.