This excerpt taken from the ISRG 10-K filed Mar 16, 2005.
Next Generation SurgeryThe Intuitive Surgical Solution
The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to provide the surgeon the range of motion, fine tissue control and 3-D vision characteristic of open surgery while simultaneously allowing the surgeon to work through small ports. All this is accomplished in an intuitive manner, in the same way that the movements of a surgeons hands in open surgery are entirely intuitive.
We believe that our technology overcomes many of the limitations of existing MIS tools and techniques in the following ways:
We believe that these advantages provide the patient with benefits of reduced trauma while restoring to the surgeon the range of motion and fine tissue control consistent with open surgery, along with further enhancements such as tremor reduction, motion scaling and superior visualization.
We believe that our technology has the potential to change surgical procedures in two basic ways: