|St. Elizabeth Robotic Surgery Center|
CHI Health St. Elizabeth offers the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical technology available. St. Elizabeth was one of the first hospitals in the region to offer the da Vinci Si® Surgical System, and we are proud to offer the latest features in minimally-invasive surgery by adding the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System. These features include:
The da Vinci Xi is for patients undergoing these surgical procedures:
How Robotic-assisted Surgery Works
Robotic-assisted surgery is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. It is performed through small incisions using fully articulating micro-instruments.
The da Vinci Xi surgical system consists of three main components: a patient side cart with four interactive robotic arms, an endoscopic camera and video system that transmits high-definition, three-dimensional images from inside the body, and a surgeon’s control console.
Better than 20/20 Vision
Sitting at the console a few feet from the operating table, the surgeon looks into viewfinder of the fiber optic imaging system and sees a three-dimensional high defintion view of the surgical site that is magnified 10 times that of the naked eye, enabling a superior view of the anatomy. By comparison, most laparoscopic surgeries provide doctors with 4X magnification. The surgeon is easily able to reposition, zoom and rotate the camera to adjust to the field of vision from the console. The natural depth-of-field enables the surgeon to perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with superior dexterity, even in a very confined space.
Surgical Technique is Enhanced
Each movement of the surgeon's hands is translated into smooth, precise movements of the micro-instruments with extraordinary control, ambidextrous capability and full 360-degree range of motion.
The small, precise instruments allow for delicate incisions and stitching not possible through other minimally-invasive techniques. The number of incisions used varies by procedure, but the significance lies in their size — an average of only one to two centimeters — or roughly the size of a dime. The system gives surgeons have the ability to perform many complex procedures — including prostate, heart and gynecological surgery. The size, precision and flexibility of instruments make the surgical system ideal for prostatectomy, because the prostate is closely surrounded by nerves responsible for preservation of sexual function and urinary continence.
The Robot Does Not Replace Your Surgeon
It is important to note that robotic-assisted surgery does not place a robot at the controls, your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery with its assistance. It cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon. It is essentially an extension of your surgeon's hands.
Since the introduction of the first da Vinci System in 2000, it has been used successfully in millions of minimally invasive procedures performed world-wide. Its safety and efficacy have been documented in hundreds of clinical publications. The literature supporting da Vinci' s use is extensive, covering all surgical specialties where the System is used.
And in many cases, better clinical outcomes.
Comments from our Physicians
"My patients having a robotic hysterectomy are getting out of the hospital and back to their families sooner. They tell me how amazed they are with the short recovery time."
“Robotic surgery for prostate cancer has become one of the gold standards for treatment. The results are incredible with getting patients back to their normal activities sooner.”
"I believe the daVinci robotic platform adds improved precision to single incision gallbladder surgery. Each patient must be individualized, but I'm excited to have this technology available at Saint Elizabeth as an option to my patients."