Memorial Offers Latest Advanced-Robotic Surgery Tool for Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Memorial has installed the latest version of the da Vinci advanced robotic-assisted surgery tool: da Vinci Xi.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System can be used for a number of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for gynecologic, urologic, thoracic, cardiac, and general surgeries.

By providing access throughout the abdomen or chest, the da Vinci Xi System expands upon core da Vinci System features, including wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion, and an ergonomic design. The surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci Xi, which translates their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. Plus, the da Vinci Xi System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

For patients, the da Vinci Xi usually results in less pain, smaller incisions, and shorter recovery time.

What surgeons are saying

Dr. Kevin Barnett, a general and minimally invasive surgeon with Lincoln Surgical Associates and general surgery section chief at Memorial Hospital, and Dr. Jacob T. Ark, a urologic surgeon with Urology of St. Louis, both spoke on the advantages of the new da Vinci Xi System.

Dr. Barnett most often uses da Vinci Xi for gallbladder surgeries, hernia repairs, and colon resections. And Dr. Ark performs prostatectomies (for prostate cancer and non-cancerous prostates), lymph node dissections, and nephrectomies (for kidney tumors).

“The da Vinci Xi System enables the surgeon to be seated while using it to direct the robotic arms, which is much more ergonomic and leads to fewer overuse injuries for the surgeon over time,” Dr. Barnett said. “The surgeon does not need to rely on someone else holding a steady camera either, since the system has a monitor with 3D-HD. When possible to use the da Vinci Xi System, the patient and physician can both benefit.”

“The majority of my robotic cases are for prostate cancer,” said Dr. Ark, who has operated on three generations of the da Vinci System.

“The challenge is finding the balance of getting all of the cancer out but without damaging the non-cancerous surrounding tissue—damaging that can result in very bothersome urinary and sexual symptoms for the patient. Therefore, I need excellent visualization and fine motor movements so that I can delicately sweep nerves for sexual function out of harm’s way, preserve pelvic floor muscle fibers to minimize urinary symptoms, and carefully sew the bladder and urethra back together, all without leaving cancer behind. The Xi maximizes my ability to accomplish these goals, which improves patient outcomes.”

Although it’s called robotic surgery, surgeons are in complete control of the da Vinci Xi’s robotic arms, and because surgery takes teamwork, Dr. Barnett said, “The operating room staff still plays a vital role providing sutures, clips, and tools.”

Is da Vinci Xi right for you?

If you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, ask your doctor about the potential benefits of robotic surgery. Drs. Barnett and Ark are just two of many surgeons on staff who perform surgeries using the da Vinci Xi System.