THE WOODLANDS, Texas–On March 13th, middle school students at The John Cooper School had a rare opportunity to learn about, and even operate, the da Vinci® Surgical System, a robot that assists surgeons in minimally invasive surgery.
Introduced in 1999 by Intuitive Surgical, the da Vinci® Surgical System is now the global leader in the emerging field of robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Since the beginning, the company has consistently provided surgeons and hospitals with the tools needed to help patients return to their productive lives.
What makes this system really unique is that the surgeon does not operate over the patient, rather in a separate component known as the surgeon counsel. From there, the surgeon has full control of the robot by using finger stirrups that then move the robot’s four arms. Three of the arms hold instruments for the surgery. The fourth arm holds the camera, which allows the surgeon to see a 3D image. Brian Kiscoe, the Area Sales Manager for Intuitive Surgical, explains that the da Vinci mimics open surgery.
“Theoretically, you’ve got your left hand, your right hand, and your eyes,” said Kiscoe. “It is as if you were operating over the patient.”