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YRMC unveils da Vinci Xi Surgical System

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System truly represents a new era for Surgical Services and quality care at YRMC.

The newest tool in Surgical Services stands six feet tall with four mechanical arms that combine robotics-level precision and high-definition/3D imagery to provide surgeons an innovative option offering better outcomes and faster recoveries for our patients.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System truly represents a new era for Surgical Services and quality care at YRMC.

While surgeons across America laud and appreciate this new partner in the operating room, the people benefiting the most from this minimally-invasive technology are the patients it helps to heal. Due to the robotic arms’ ability to make such tiny and precise movements, patients benefit from:

  • Smaller incisions, with minimal scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • Faster recovery
The debut of the da Vinci Surgical System at YRMC marks our continuing journey to find even better, innovative ways to provide our patients the best care possible.Dr. Kemmou with da Vinci Xi

“Robot assisted surgery allows our physicians, who are trained and credentialed to use the technology, the ability to perform many complex procedures with even greater precision, control and flexibility,” said Trudie Milner, PhD, Vice President of Operations.

Two years, ago there were 4,271 daVinci units installed worldwide – 2,770 were in the US, 719 in Europe, 561 in Asia and 221 in other parts of the world.

“Now this technology is available at YRMC,” Trudie said with pride. “This is an investment which speaks to YRMC’s ongoing commitment to high quality patient care.”

The robot, which stands over a patient during surgery, offers the surgeon at the controls four robotic arms which can hold numerous instruments or cameras and translate his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements. In every moment, the surgeon remains in absolute control of the robotic system, extending their training, skill and refined dexterity through the added technology of this amazing tool.

Throughout the procedure, the surgeon is seated at a comfortable, ergonomically designed console with hand controls and foot pedals. The da Vinci Surgical System has a high-definition 3D vision system that allows the surgeon to operate with further enhanced accuracy and control. The images of the operation are highly magnified so that the surgeon has a close-up view of the area of the patient’s body where he or she is operating.

Additional video screens allow the rest of the surgical team to observe a two-dimensional view of what the surgeon sees through the da Vinci system’s stereoptic monitor.

Surgeons throughout the nation use the da Vinci robot for a wide variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures, primarily in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.

The da Vinci Surgical System involves a less invasive technique often referred to as “open” surgery. However, the system’s benefits surpass traditional, non-robotic forms of open surgeries, thanks to the especially smaller incisions that are made.

When compared to traditional open surgery, da Vinci procedures have shown the following benefits for patients:
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • A faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions with minimal scarring
Due to the da Vinci technology, more patients throughout the U.S. have benefitted from minimally invasive surgery than at any other time in history.

In 2000, The da Vinci Surgical System became the first robotic surgical platform commercially available in the U.S to be cleared by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery. Today, each of the top-ranked U.S. hospitals for cancer, urology, gynecology and gastroenterology diseases uses da Vinci Surgical Systems.

The following statistics demonstrate this robotic technology’s popularity with surgeons and patients:
  • More U.S. men choose da Vinci surgery to treat their prostate cancer than any other treatment. Roughly three out of four prostate cancer surgeries in the U.S. today are performed using da Vinci surgery.
  • More women now choose da Vinci surgery for minimally invasive hysterectomy than conventional laparoscopy or vaginal surgery.
  • Recent studies found that when comparing surgical removal of the prostate to radiation, da Vinci surgery led to the lowest cancer mortality.
  • All 42 gynecologic oncology fellowship programs in the U.S. use a da Vinci System.

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