1. The patient's abdomen is marked where the tiny incisions will be made.

2. The arms of the robot are staged and positioned before insertion.

3. The instruments typically held in the hands of a surgeon and her assistant, such as a grasper, scissors, suction and irrigation tools, are inserted into the patient’s abdomen. Once inserted, they are connected to the arms of the da Vinci robot.

4. A camera with two lenses, also inserted through one of these tiny incisions, provides a 3-D view of the inside of the patient’s abdomen on a large monitor.

5. Sitting at a console, I control the microscopic movements of the robotic instruments to perform the procedure with incredible precision and visualization.

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