What is the da Vinci Surgical System?

The da Vinci system is a robotic surgical system that allows surgeons to conduct complex procedures in a minimally invasive way.

Compared to traditional methods, robotic-assisted surgery only requires a few tiny incisions and offers surgeons a greater range of motion than just with their own hands.

It also gives greater visibility during the procedure meaning the accuracy of movement is unparalleled.

This results in faster recoveries and a lowered risk of complications.

How the da Vinci system works

The surgeon sits at a console within the operating theatre and miniature instruments are inserted into the surgical area through tiny incisions.

A small 3D camera is also inserted giving the surgeon a 360-degree, magnified view of the surgical site, including areas that may not be visible to the naked eye.

The surgeon will then manoeuvre the instruments from the console, with the da Vinci system translating the movements to the instruments. These instruments are also fitted with anti-tremor technology meaning the accuracy is second to none.

Benefits of the da Vinci system

As this is a much less invasive form of surgery, coupled with the accuracy that da Vinci gives, you can expect many benefits compared to traditional methods.

  • Reduced pain
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Less scarring

What to expect from your surgery

For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, download our patient information leaflet here.

What procedures use da Vinci?

Currently, the da Vinci system at Parkside Hospital is used for:

  • Prostatectomy

However, in the coming months, it will be rolled out to more areas of surgery within Parkside Hospital. Faster recovery.

Our consultants

Mr Christopher Anderson

FRCS (Urol) SA

Specialty Urology

Mr Matthew Perry

MD, BSc, FRCS (Urol)

Specialty Urology, Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Mr Hasan Abdur Rahman Qazi


Specialty Urology