As posted a few weeks ago, the daVinci just received an upgrade.  This is a good report from ABC News on the daVinci robotic device.  The patient only had one small incision in his belly button to remove his prostate.  What is also interesting is how the robot bags the organ when removed. 

Da Vinci Si HD Surgical System Gets an Upgrade – Advanced 3D high definition and Updated User Interface

In other Prostate Cancer news, the Harvard Medical School just created a site for additional information that can be found here. 


below are a few screenshots from the video and a few lines about the recent update to 3D HD vision.  I think in time we will have everything in high definition, and in healthcare that certainly can’t hurt when diagnosing from images and videos.  BD

Launched in April 2009, the da Vinci Si introduces several enabling features, including:

imageEnhanced high-definition 3D vision for superior clinical capability

An updated user interface for streamlined setup and OR turnover

Extensibility for digital OR integration

Dual-console capability to support training and collaboration during minimally invasive surgery.

Advanced 3D HD visualization with up to 10x magnification and an immersive view of the operative field

EndoWrist® instrumentation with dexterity and range of motion far greater than even the human hand

Intuitive® motion technology, which replicates the experience of open surgery by preserving natural eye-hand-instrument alignment and intuitive instrument control


For a demonstration, the machine is peeling a grape. 


The video is very interesting and shows some additional robots that can be used at home, well worth the watch.  BD 

A small but growing number of patients are getting a new option in the operating room -- robots that are helping surgeons perform more complex procedures

When 54-year-old Bill Souter was diagnosed with cancer last month and told his prostate would need to be removed, he was offered the chance to make medical history at the Cleveland Clinic by becoming the ninth person in the world to have his prostate removed through a tiny incision in his belly button.

"I feel like I'm pretty important to my family and my friends," he said. " And I don't want to lose that right now. So I feel this is the way to go."

The new technology, called the daVinci Si HD Surgical System, takes the notion of minimally invasive surgery to an entirely new level.

And the new technology is not just for prostates. It can be used for appendixes, hysterectomies, even to take out parts of the liver, and lymph nodes, all through the belly button. And the robot can even seal the organ in a plastic bag before it's removed from the body.

Robotic Surgery Offers Precise Handling, Quicker Procedures - ABC News

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