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The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

Understandably some patients are unhappy with the large visible scar on the neck that results conventional ‘open’ surgery. This is especially true for those patients who form an unsightly keloid scar, of certain ethnic origins that form poor scars or have particular requirements for occupational reasons. Thanks to breakthrough technology, there is another category of minimally invasive ‘key-hole’ surgery that may be an option for you – The ‘scarless’ da Vinci Robotic Thyroidectomy. Using the da Vinci Robot, Professor Kim can perform thyroid surgery via an incision hidden (under the axilla) and thus leaving no visible scar in the neck.

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System aims to improve patient satisfaction and surgical outcomes (less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, less pain, lower risk of complications, faster recovery and return to normal activities, smaller incisions for less scarring) by fundamentally facilitating surgery in three ways:

1. da Vinci Robotic Surgery simplifies many existing minimally-invasive ‘key-hole’ procedures:
Standard laparoscopy uses small incisions to insert long-shafted instruments, but has certain limitations when the procedure, patient’s anatomy or condition is challenging or complex. Many standard laparoscopic procedures may be performed more quickly and easily using the da Vinci Surgical System. This is because the da Vinci System delivers equal or improved outcomes of ‘key-hole’ surgery while maintaining the same familiar “look and feel" of the usually easier ‘open’ surgery for the surgeon.

2. da Vinci Robotic Surgery makes previously difficult operations routine:
Traditional laparoscopic surgery is widely used for the routine and simpler procedures due to the limitations of rigid and restrictive endoscopic instruments. Only a select group of highly skilled surgeons attempt complex procedures using this approach. Afforded by the benefits of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, it now allows more surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally-invasive ‘key-hole’ approach with confidence. 

3. da Vinci Robot makes new minimally invasive surgical procedures possible:
A number of procedures that previously could not be performed using traditional minimally invasive technologies can now be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System.