Boone Hospital has offered da Vinci surgical procedures since 2008. Da Vinci is a robotic system where a surgeon uses hand and foot controls to maneuver tiny surgical instruments with minute precision.
A special camera provides the surgeon with clear 3D footage direct from the surgery site.
The system allows trained physicians to perform surgeries with slender robotic arms rather than their own hands, making it possible to have much smaller surgical openings.
Research shows that compared to traditional surgery, robotic procedures are less painful, take less time to complete, leave much smaller scars, allow patients to leave the hospital sooner and recover faster.