The da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few small incisions. The da Vinci System consists of several key components, including: an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system, and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments.

Da Vinci is powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments working inside the patient’s body.


Surgeon Console

Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon operates seated comfortably at a console while viewing a high definition, 3D image inside the patient’s body.

The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes.
The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments

Patient-side Cart

The patient-side cart is where the patient is positioned during surgery. It includes either three or four robotic arms that carry out the surgeon's commands.

The robotic arms move around fixed pivot points.

The system requires that every surgical maneuver be under the direct control of the surgeon. Repeated safety checks prevent any independent movement of the instruments or robotic arms.

Endowrist Instruments

A full range of Endowrist instruments is available to the surgeon while operating.

The instruments are designed with seven degrees of motion - a range of motion even greater than the human wrist
Each instrument has a specific surgical mission such as clamping, suturing and tissue manipulation.

Quick-release levers speed instrument changes during surgery.

Vision System

The vision system is equipped with a high-definition, 3D endoscope (flexible tube with a camera and light at the tip) and image processing equipment that provides true-to-life images of the patient’s anatomy.

A view of the operating field is available to the entire OR team on a large viewing monitor (vision cart). This widescreen view provides the surgical assistant at the patient’s side with a broad perspective and visualization of the procedure.

Core Technology of the da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci® Surgical System enables doctors to perform surgery in a manner never before experienced. With the surgeon sitting at a console a few feet from the patient, da Vinci translates that surgeon’s hand movements into corresponding micro-movements of instruments inside the patient’s body.

3D HD Vision

The 3D image in the console viewer allows surgeons to see anatomical structures in high definition and natural colors.

  • Up to 10x magnification
  • Bright, crisp, high-resolution image
  • Immersive view of the surgical field

EndoWrist Instrumentation and Intuitive Motion

Intuitive Surgical's patented EndoWrist® Instruments are designed to provide surgeons with natural dexterity while operating through small incisions.

  • Endowrist® instruments with 7 degrees of freedom and a range of motion far greater than the human hand
  • 7 degrees of freedom
  • Range of motion far greater than the human hand
  • Minimizes surgeon hand tremors

Surgeon Console Ergonomics

Using the da Vinci System, surgeons operate while seating at an ergonomically designed console just a few feet from the patient. The surgeon console provides for:

  • Natural hand-eye positioning
  • Comfortable seated postureComfortable seated posture
  • Built-in microphone facilitates efficient communication in the OR

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