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Laparoscopic robotic cancer surgery. Surgeon preparing a patient for an operation using a Da Vinci robotic system to carry out cancer surgery in the abdomen. He is using a monopolar cautery pencil to make an incision in the abdomen. This use of endoscopic equipment to perform minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery in the abdomen is a form of laparoscopy. The da Vinci system allows the surgeon's hand movements to be replicated as smaller, precise movements of surgical instruments inside the body. The instruments are inserted through keyhole ports placed in small incisions in the patient's abdomen.
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