The surgeon looks into a viewfinder at the three-dimensional, high-quality image sent back by the cameras and works the surgical “arms.”
The quality of the images and precise movement of the surgical arms essentially puts the surgeon right next to the area in which he or she is operating.
- The surgeon’s hands move the controllers, which manipulate the instruments inside the patient’s body
- The instruments are "wristed" and have a greater range of motion than the human wrist
- The surgeon makes a precise cutting or sewing motion at the console
- The computer software translates these movements to allow the instruments to do exactly the same thing inside the patient’s body – without any potential hand tremor