Da Vinci Surgical Robot (Sarah Sharps)

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The DaVinci Surgical Robot is designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach, and is controlled by a surgeon from a console. The system is commonly used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynaecologic surgical procedures. According to the manufacturer, the da Vinci System is called "da Vinci" in part "because Leonardo da Vinci invented the first robot", according to the Italian academic Mario Taddei. Da Vinci also used anatomical accuracy and three-dimensional details in his works.