Advanced Surgical Technology – The da Vinci Xi® System
Here at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, we utilize innovative, advanced technology to provide the highest level of care possible to our patients. In recent years, our selection of state-of-the-art medical equipment has expanded to include two new robotic surgical systems—MAKOplasty® (for orthopedic joint replacement procedures) da Vinci Xi® (for urologic and general surgery procedures). Utilizing robot-assistance technology has a number of benefits, including more precision and control for surgeons, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and quicker recovery times for patients.
The da Vinci Xi® has been in use at Cheyenne Regional since Fall 2015. Cheyenne Regional is the first hospital in Wyoming to offer the da Vinci Xi® system, which is the newest and most advanced of the da Vinci products. Worldwide over the last decade, the da Vinci system has been used to perform surgeries on about 2.5 million patients.
“It has in it over 20 years of learning how to enhance surgical performance by creating a natural extension of the surgeons’ eyes and their hands,” said Gary Guthart, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. president and chief executive officer. Intuitive Surgical is the developer and manufacturer of da Vinci products.
With this system, the surgeon operates through a few small incisions, similar to a traditional laparoscopic procedure. The da Vinci Xi® is used to operate on urologic conditions that require surgery, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and other kidney disorders. It can also be used for gynecologic, cardiac, thoracic and other general surgeries.
The da Vinci Xi® features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system, highly intuitive controls, and tiny instruments that can bend and rotate to a much greater degree than the human wrist.
Dr. James Lugg, a surgeon at Cheyenne Regional who has performed a number of surgeries with the da Vinci Xi® system since its arrival, has been impressed with its abilities. “Together, the da Vinci system and the doctor work in partnership. The da Vinci translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements directing small surgical instruments inside the patient’s body. The result is that the da Vinci enables the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control,” he said, adding, “The da Vinci has a solid track record of good outcomes, which is what you want with a new piece of advanced technology.”
To read our #OnTheMap feature about our surgical program here at Cheyenne Regional (and specifically, the da Vinci Xi® technology), please view the page here.
What can the da Vinci Xi® do for me?
If you’re planning to undergo one of the following procedures, talk do your doctor about using the da Vinci Xi® at Cheyenne Regional:
- Prostate removal (Prostatectomy)
- Kidney removal (Nephrectomy)
- Partial Kidney removal (Partial Nephrectomy)
- Uterus removal (Hysterectomy)
- Ovary removal (Oopherectomy)
- Fallopian Tube(s) removal (Salpingectomy)
- Hernia repair (umbilical, ventral or incisional)
- Colon surgery (Colectomy)
- Gallbladder removal (Cholecystectomy)
- Diseased Adrenal Gland removal (Adrenalectomy)
- Ureter repair (Ureteral Reimplantation)