The Da Vinci Surgical System

The University of Chicago Medicine uses the Da Vinci Surgical System for all of our robotic minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures. This innovative system combines robotics and computer technology to allow surgeons to perform delicate surgical procedures.

When doing procedures using the system, the surgeon sits in a console that is across the room from the patient. From here, he or she watches video screens and directs robotic arms that perform the surgery. This allows the surgeon greater range of motion and precision than with hand-manipulated MIS procedures.

The system gives the surgeon a three-dimensional view when operating. Our surgeons also have the ability to zoom in and out -- creating greater magnification.
Diagram from above of the Da Vinci Surgical System and doctors operating