What is Single-Site Instrumentation for the da Vinci Si Surgical System?

Single-Site Instrumentation is a new operating platform attached to the da Vinci Si Surgical System that allows surgeons to remove the gallbladder from a single incision in the belly button. This new instrumentation is designed for the minimally invasive removal of the gallbladder, a procedure also known as a cholecystectomy.

How Does it Work?

The da Vinci Si Single-Site System uses state-of-the art robotic and computer technologies. The system consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon’s console and a separate unit with one robotic camera arm and two interactive robotic arms that have high-performance, miniature instruments attached to them. Patients lie on a table under the robotic arms.

What are the advantages?

Transumbilical (“belly button”) entry using the da Vinci Single-Site System is an outpatient procedure that’s minimally invasive, with no visible scar. Advantages of minimally invasive procedures and this instrumentation include:

  • Single incision of approximately one inch
  • Safe outcomes
  • Fast recovery times
  • Less pain
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Minimal scarring
  • Enhanced surgical precision, control and stability with 3D, high-definition visualization









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