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Telesurgery becomes reality thanks to stereoscopic remote vision

Telesurgery, or Remote controlled robotic surgery is a breakthrough surgical technology which raises the bar of surgical management. The Da Vinci robotic system is made up of 3 main components: a surgeon’s console; a patient-side robotic cart with 4 arms manipulated by the surgeon (one to control the camera and three to manipulate instruments); and a high-definition stereoscopic 3D visual system that allows the surgeon to see the operative field in stereoscopic vision.

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In performing robotic surgery, the surgeon is relaxed sitting in the console from where he can see a magnified, high-resolution three-dimensional image of the part of the body to be operated on.

Instead of the traditional 50-100 mm large incisions with conventional surgery, with robotic surgery, miniaturized, wristed instruments are introduced through small incisions ranging from 5 to 12 mm and allows the surgeon to see the surgical site in true stereoscopic vision, at 10-12 times more magnified than the naked eye can see. This allows the surgeon a better view of blood vessels and nerves that need to be avoided or dissected out.

The DaVinci surgery system is the brainchild of IntuitiveSurgical, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA, USA). The company has an office in Switzerland and another in Shanghai.

Read the paper in Business Inquirer for more details.