da Vinci® Robotic-assisted Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

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What is robotic-assisted surgery?

Robotic surgery requires only a minimal incision and places a higher level of precision in the hands of a skilled surgeon. Incredibly accurate 3-dimensional planning facilitates optimal surgical accuracy, often resulting in reduced pain, faster recovery and improved outcomes.

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What is da Vinci®?

The da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery system is an Minimally Invasive Surgery technique (MIS), developed to enable surgeons to perform extremely accurate procedures with minimal incisions, minimal pain and maximum positive patient outcomes. Patients often report shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries and a quicker return to their daily life.

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Can anyone have da Vinci® surgery?

Many procedures can now be performed using da Vinci® surgery. Consult your physician and/or a qualified surgeon to find out if robotic-assisted surgery is your best course of action.

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How long does it take to recover from da Vinci® surgery?

Many patients experience significantly shorter recovery times with da Vinci® surgery over traditional surgeries. Your specific recovery time will vary depending on age, type of procedure, and other factors.

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How can I learn more about robotic-assisted surgery?

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How do I know if robotic surgery is right for me?

Every patient’s situation and condition is unique. Consult a qualified surgeon to find out if robotic-assisted surgery is right for you.

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How do I find a surgeon?

Consult our physicians search page, where you will find several highly experienced surgeons qualified and trained to perform robotic-assisted surgery.

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Is robotic-assisted surgery more expensive?

Robotic-assisted surgery is typically no more expensive than traditional surgery, and, depending on the specific procedure being performed, it can be far less costly.

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Will my insurance cover robotic-assisted surgery?

da Vinci® robot-assisted surgery is typically covered by most Medicare-approved and private health insurers.

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Does robotic-assisted surgery have a higher success rate than traditional procedures?

No surgical technique can guarantee a successful outcome. However, indications are that patients having undergone robotic-assisted surgeries report a greater percentage of successful outcomes over traditional surgeries.

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How can the surgeon work with my current doctor?

Your physician will consult with any surgeon before you undergo surgery. That is also the case with robotic-assisted surgery. With increasing positive results and improved patient outcomes, your physician is probably very aware of robotic-assisted surgery and its benefits.

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Can all surgeries be done with da Vinci® technology, or only some?

The da Vinci® surgical System has become widely used for many surgical procedures, and many more applications are being developed every day. Consult our TEAM page where you will find several da Vinci® trained surgeons. Please also consult your physician for more information.

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