Originally, open surgery required large incisions, and long
healing times. A great deal of pain was also associated with this
sort of procedure.
Eventually a technique called laparoscopy was developed.
Laparoscopic surgery uses very small incisions through which
surgical tools are inserted and used to diagnose and treat
various conditions. These less invasive surgical procedures lead
to quicker recovery times, less pain and decreased risk of
Today, thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, the
da Vinci robotic surgery system offers many of the benefits from
both traditional open and laparoscopic surgery. Surgeons can now
operate through the same tiny incisions used in laparoscopic
surgery but are able to perform more complex operations that
previously required traditional open surgical techniques. These
complex procedures are now possible in a minimally invasive
manner thanks to the high-definition cameras and wristed
instruments used in robotic surgery.