Montana is a state praised for its conservation of tradition and preservation of old ways. That means for many residents, the thought of robotic surgery is intimidating. However, there are many misconceptions that lead many to misunderstand the use of new robotic tools and the benefits that come along with it. 

The da Vinci Surgical System, often referred to as simply the da Vinci robot, is a sophisticated robotic surgical platform designed to facilitate complex surgery using minimally invasive techniques. The system was developed by Intuitive Surgical and was approved by the FDA in 2000. According to UC Health, more than 775,000 patients worldwide have had a da Vinci procedure.

While the concept of a robot performing surgery might seem intimidating, the truth is that the da Vinci robot is not as scary as people might think. One of the main misconceptions is that you will be operated on by an autonomous robot. Don’t worry, the robot is always under the control of a skilled surgeon, who uses hand and foot controls to manipulate the robotic arms and instruments. Think of it as a tool that makes a skilled surgeon even more precise. The surgeon sits at a console and has a high-definition, 3D view of the surgical site, which allows for greater precision and accuracy.

The robot’s movements are guided by the surgeon, who is able to see and control everything that the robot is doing. The use of the da Vinci robot has been shown to result in greater precision, less pain, smaller incisions and faster recovery times for many surgical procedures, making it an attractive option for patients and surgeons alike. Overall, the da Vinci robot is a valuable tool for modern medicine and should not be seen as a source of fear or anxiety.

What are the benefits of utilizing a robot for surgery?

There are several potential benefits of using the da Vinci robot for surgical procedures. These include:

Minimally invasive: One of the main benefits of the da Vinci robot is that it allows for minimally invasive surgery, which can result in less pain, smaller incisions, and shorter recovery times. At Missoula Surgical, one of our goals is to get you back to doing what you love. Remaining minimally invasive allows you to get back on your feet and doing what you enjoy faster.

Precision: The robotic arms and instruments used by the da Vinci robot provide greater precision and dexterity than traditional surgical instruments. This can allow for more accurate surgery and reduced risk of complications.

3D visualization: The da Vinci robot provides high-definition, 3D visualization of the surgical site, which allows the surgeon to see the area in great detail. This can help the surgeon identify and avoid critical structures.

Reduced hospital stays: Because da Vinci procedures are often less invasive than traditional surgeries, patients may be able to go home from the hospital sooner and recover more quickly.

Reduced scarring: Because da Vinci procedures use smaller incisions, patients may have less scarring than they would with traditional surgery.

Improved outcomes: Studies have suggested that in certain procedures, using the da Vinci robot may lead to improved surgical outcomes and reduced complication rates.

It’s important to note that while the da Vinci robot offers many potential benefits, it may not be appropriate for all patients or all surgical procedures. Luckily, your surgeon at Missoula Surgical Associates can help you understand the risks and benefits of using the da Vinci robot for your specific situation.

“da Vinci Surgical System.” UC Health, University of Cincinnati, 2023,