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 Robotic Surgery

Miami Cancer Institute surgeons are experts in using the da Vinci robotic system to treat cancer. This groundbreaking technology turns complex surgeries into more precise and less traumatic procedures.

During robotic surgery, the surgeon sits at a console close to the operating table, and watches a monitor that projects a magnified, three-dimensional view of the area inside the body. The surgeon uses hand and foot controls to maneuver the four robotic arms, which are equipped with tiny surgical tools and a camera. The system translates the surgeon’s movements in real time by turning and rotating micro-instruments inside the body, as required by the surgery. Although it is often called a robot, the da Vinci cannot be programmed to move on its own.

Robotic surgery is performed through incisions smaller than a coin, which results in a less traumatic and painful procedure, compared to open surgery. Other benefits of robotic surgery are:

  • An improved view of the surgical area, through magnified images that are up to 10 times greater than what the human eye can see.
  • Improved skills and precision because the tiny instruments can navigate through the inside of the body in ways that the human hand cannot. These instruments can make 360-degree turns and bend at the surgeon’s command.

The result is a more precise removal of the diseased tissue, less blood loss, minimal scarring due to smaller incisions, less risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster return to normal activities.

The da Vinci robot can be used to treat many types of cancer, including:

  • Gynecologic cancers
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer