Robotic surgery is the newest form of minimally invasive surgery. Surgeons now use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform delicate and complex procedures that may have been difficult or impossible with other methods.

daVinci Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System is a robotic surgical system made by the American company Intuitive that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000.

How Does daVinci Work?

Your surgeon performs surgery with da Vinci by using instruments that he or she guides via a console. The da Vinci system translates your surgeon’s hand movements at the console in real-time, bending and rotating the instruments while performing the procedure. The tiny wristed instruments move like a human hand, but with a greater range of motion. The da Vinci vision system also delivers highly magnified, 3D high-definition views of the surgical area. The instrument size makes it possible for surgeons to operate through one or a few small incisions.

Surgeons who use this new minimally-invasive procedure find that it enhances precision, flexibility, and control during the operation. Robotic surgery can be used for many types of surgeries, including prostate, gynecologic and cardiothoracic cases.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include shorter hospitalization and faster recovery for patients as well as fewer complications, less pain and blood loss, as well as smaller, less noticeable scars.

Is Robotic Surgery Right For You?

The da Vinci Surgical System™ is an option with Dr. Joshua Taylor. Dr. Taylor, a general surgeon at StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, TN, was the first surgeon in the state of Tennessee to perform the first Robotic Transversus Abdominis Release Procedure. TAR is a procedure for patients who have hernias of the abdominal wall. To learn more about Dr. Taylor’s use of the robot for surgery, click here or view the video below.


Robotic surgery may not be an option for everyone. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if robotic surgery is right for them. Your doctor will discuss the benefits and risks of robotic surgery and how it compares with other techniques. Contact our advanced robotic general and vascular surgeons today at The Surgical Clinic.