da Vinci Surgical System

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis acquired a da Vinci. No, the hospital has not purchased a painting. Rather, in the summer of 2003, Baptist Memphis became the first hospital in the Mid-South to own a new robotic surgery device called the da Vinci®.

The da Vinci Surgical System is powered by leading-edge robotic technology. It allows surgeons to perform major surgeries by making only small incisions. With the device, surgeons make four small incisions, inserting the robotic arms into the incisions to perform surgeries. The magnified, 3-D view the surgeon experiences enables him or her to perform precise surgery in complex procedures through small surgical incisions.

da Vinci Surgery at Baptist Memphis

At Baptist Memphis, the da Vinci can be used for prostate, open-heart, gynecologic, urologic and other surgical procedures. The system is the first totally "intuitive" laparoscopic surgical robot in existence.

To give perspective on the capabilities of the da Vinci, the camera's magnification of the surgical area is such that a suture, which is about the size of a piece of thread, appears the size of a rope. The camera allows surgeons to see more than they could if they were to do more invasive surgery.

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3-D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The robot technology seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of our surgical instruments inside the patient.

Baptist Memphis surgeons have been specially trained to use the daVinci technology, and have met all the clinical and experience criteria to perform a robotic prostatectomy.

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Patient Benefits

Because surgeons make only small incisions, patients benefit in a number of ways, including:

  • Reduced pain and discomfort after surgery
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced surgical incisions
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
  • Reduced cost
  • Reduced hospital stay

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

6019 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, Tenn. 38120



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