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Robot-assisted (da Vinci) laparoscopy: the beginning of a new era in operative urology?

Robot-assisted (da Vinci) laparoscopy: the beginning of a new era in operative urology?

Der Urologe. Ausg. a 47(4): 409-10, 412-3

The da Vinci Surgical System represents a new technology in advanced laparoscopy: Sitting at a console that allows three-dimensional vision of the operating field, the robotic surgeon is enabled to perform complex laparoscopic procedures. The movements of telemanipulators ("masters") are transferred to EndoWrist instruments with all degrees of freedom. Compared with conventional laproscopy, the technology allows more dexterity, a shorter learning curve, improved vision, reduced operating time with reduced staff requirements, and an ergonomically designed work station with minimal burden on the back and joints. The following article describes the principles of this technology and the challenges of the capital investment and the running costs.

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PMID: 18340429

DOI: 10.1007/s00120-008-1654-0

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