University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Robotic Surgery

The Department of Surgery utilizes technology at the forefront of surgical treatment, including a da Vinci® robot. Robotic surgery provides an alternative to conventional procedures and surgeons in several of our divisions are able to perform an array of procedures using the da Vinci® robot.

Minimally invasive robotic surgery offers patients benefits over conventional surgery including less blood loss, less pain and smaller incisions. Patients also report quicker recovery time after experiencing a minimally invasive robotic operation.

How It Works

Seated only a few feet away from the operating table, surgeons view the patient’s anatomy through a screen that produces a 3-D image magnified 10 times. On the patient’s end, the robot’s arms are fitted with five to eight millimeter surgical instruments and a small camera scope that provides a detailed view of the patient. The robot that operates on the patient is controlled by an expert surgeon who carefully maneuvers a pair of knobs

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to normal activities