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Gone are the days when a robot in the operating room would only be seen in futuristic fiction. At Winthrop-University Hospital, surgeons are using the ultra-high-tech daVinci Si HD Surgical System to perform minimally invasive surgeries with unprecedented precision.

Seated at a special high-tech console a few feet away from the patient, surgeons attach their fingers to robotic controls, and set their eyes on the high-definition screen where a real-time 3-D, magnified image of the surgical field gives them a better-than-real view of the area of interest. Fine surgical instruments are placed inside the patient through tiny incisions, and the surgeon is ready to work.

“It is a far superior approach to surgery,” says Eva Chalas, MD, Chief of Gynecological Oncology and Director of Clinical Cancer Services at Winthrop. “The surgeon’s view of the surgical field exceeds what is achieved with the natural eye, and the control over the instruments is more precise thanks to technology that translates the surgeon’s movements into exquisitely defined movements by the robotic instruments.”

The new daVinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with interactive robotic arms, the high-performance InSite® Vision System and proprietary EndoWrist® Instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the surgeon’s hand movements are scaled, filtered and seamlessly translated into precise movements of the instruments. The result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities.

“The EndoWrist instruments offer great advantages over traditional laparoscopic instrumen

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