written by: Lashan Clarke
• edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski
• updated: 1/30/2011
The trend in using robotic surgery is increasingly growing. This technology, available since 1999, has several regulations for da Vinci robotic surgery training.
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There are quite a number of medical centers that offer training on da Vinci robotic surgery, allowing surgeons to bring these new surgical techniques back to their own hospitals. Training programs are also not only geared towards surgeons, but surgical administrators and nurses who can also benefit.
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History of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery
The da Vinci robotic surgery procedure was first made available to the United States general public in 1999, and was performed at the Ohio State Medical Center. The center now uses the da Vinci robot to perform surgery in areas such as cardiology, gynecology, urology and general surgery. The basis of the da Vinci robot training program is to equip medical personnel and administration staff with the tools and knowledge needed to operate robotics surgery program in their local hospital.
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Benefits Of da Vinci Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery is preferred in a number of surgically procedures as it causes less bleeding and leaves less scarring than traditional surgery. This is known as minimally invasive surgery.
Previously, only laproscopic surgery was used as a less invasive surgical option. However da Vinci surgery can now also be used. Another difference between using da Vinci and laproscopic surgery is that laproscopy can only be used on a small number of surgical procedures, whereas robotic surgery can also be used for more complicated operations.
Overall, the robotic technology is able to use to robot to create smaller incisions. As a result the person will experience less pain, fewer complications, and should heal faster than the traditional surgery methods.
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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Training Regulations
The training programs for the da Vinci robot is of two types. One type of training is geared towards surgeons, while the other type of training is for other health professionals. There is also a robotic surgery development program available.
Regulations & Training For Surgeons
The training program for surgeons consists a general or specialty training program. The general program consists of training in using only the da Vinci robot. The specialty program allows the surgeon trained in a specific area that they are interested in. The surgeon to be trained in robotics will be mentored by another surgeon if the specialty program is chosen. The regulations for the da Vinci robotic surgery training program does allow all surgeons to view actual robotics surgery without undergoing training. The formal training session is at least three days in length.
Regulations & Training For Other Medical Health Professionals
Other medical health professionals such as surgical administrators, nurses, and anesthetists are also able to apply and adhere to the regulations for the da Vinci robotic surgery training program at Ohio State University. The program consists of at least three days of classroom training and viewing live surgery.
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Any hospital interested in developing their own robotic surgery program can also visit the Ohio State University to speak to the key people who are involved in running the robotics program at this site.