April 9, 2009 Robotic Surgery specialist Intuitive Surgical has added enhanced 3D HD resolution, an updated interface and new ergonomic settings to the latest incarnation of its da Vinci System.

The da Vinci System allows doctors to operate on patients wit a robotic rig, which is controlled by a console. The visualization system has 10x magnification capacity and the robotic EndoWrist is steadier and more dextrous than the human hand.

According to Intuitive Surgical, the result is less scarring, quicker recovery times, and a reduced risk of infection.

The new Si system builds on the company's previous offerings with advanced 3D HD visualization which provides surgeons with a more immersive view of the operative field and opens the way for greater surgical precision. The user interface has also been updated along with new ergonomic settings for greater operator comfort and the option of a dual console which facilitates a second surgeon and can be used for teaching purposes.

"We are very pleased to introduce the da Vinci Si System to our product line. We believe that the new features of the da Vinci Si System will further streamline surgical procedures, improve efficiencies and shorten the learning curve for surgeons and their operating room teams. This new system is further proof of our commitment to provide physicians and their patients with surgical solutions that are less invasive, more precise and enable faster recovery than existing surgical approaches," said Intuitive Surgical Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lonnie Smith.

The existing da Vinci S 4-arm System can be upgraded to the new da Vinci Si system.

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