You’ve just been told by your doctor that you need surgery. As you plan your next move, wouldn’t you want surgery performed through the smallest incision possible? Wouldn’t you want to experience less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster return to normal life?

The da Vinci robotic surgical system has changed the surgery experience for thousands of patients. Now, doctors at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Centerand Washington Adventist Hospitals are able to provide patients all the benefits of this state-ofthe- art equipment.

The da Vinci offers a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery and laparoscopic surgery for complex procedures.

Making Surgery More Precise

To operate using the da Vinci system, a specially trained surgeon makes tiny incisions in the body and inserts miniaturized instruments and a highdefinition camera. The surgeon sits at a nearby console to manipulate those instruments and perform the operation.

The robotic system seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments. The surgeon controls every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the da Vinci robotics system.

“The da Vinci Surgical System changes the experience of surgery for me, the surgeon, and, most importantly, for my patients,” says Jonathan Rhee, M.D., a urologist at Washington Adventist Hospital. “For example, when I’m dealing with delicate procedures to treat prostate cancer, the enhanced precision of the da Vinci allows me to spare surrounding nerves, to benefit patients and improve their overall outcomes.”

Revolutionary Robot

The da Vinci is designed to enable complex procedures of all types to be performed through an incision roughly the size of a dime. To date, tens of thousands of procedures including general, urologic, gynecologic and thoracoscopic procedures have been performed using the da Vinci Surgical System.

“The da Vinci robotic system has revolutionized the way gynecologic surgeries are performed,” says Carolynn Young, M.D., a gynecologist at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. “I am able to perform the most advanced minimally invasive surgeries with the best outcomes for my patients.”

The robotics system enables surgeons to be more precise, advancing their technique and enhancing their capabilities in performing complex minimally invasive surgery. This provides patients with access to the most advanced options when it comes to treating their condition.