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Silver Cross Acquires Third da Vinci Robot—the Xi® Surgical System

Silver Cross Acquires Third da Vinci Robot—the Xi® Surgical System

Midwest Institute of Robotic Surgery performs more procedures than any other facility in Chicago area

Img136_Xi_System_and_Nurse_High_Res_185258 croppedThe Midwest Institute of Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, IL recently acquired its third da Vinci robot—the Xi® Surgical System, for advanced minimally invasive procedures.   One of the top three robotic surgical programs in the Midwest, more procedures using da Vinci robotic technology are performed at Silver Cross than any other hospital or surgical center in the Chicago metropolitan area.

The da Vinci Xi System is the next frontier for minimally invasive surgery.  Controlled 100% by a surgeon who sits at a console inside the operating room, the Xi is used for highly complex procedures duringwhich the physician needs to access several parts of the body through the abdomen or chest.  The da Vinci Xi System translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.

Revolutionary Anatomical Access

“Previously, if I needed to explore a different part of the body beyond the primary surgical site, I would have to reposition the patient on the surgical table or even disconnect and reconnect the entire robot to gain additional access,” said Dr. R.A. Gamagami, who continues to train many other surgeons throughout the country on colorectal and advanced general surgery da Vinci techniques. “The new Xi can rotate the operating table with the patient connected to the robot, eliminating the need to disconnect and reconnect the four arms if it becomes necessary to access another area of the body mid-procedure.  This is extremely helpful in allowing us to perform very meticulous, complex surgery in a safe, even less invasive manner.”
IMG_3721 cropped“The Xi’s arms are smaller, thinner and have a greater range of motion than previous versions of the da Vinci robot,” adds Dr. Nahla Merhi, who was one of the first urogynecologists in the country to perform hysterectomies through a single small incision in the belly button. “Even the instrument shafts—the sleeves that are inserted inside the incision, are longer so that we can probe further than before.”

“The endoscope that we use to see what’s inside the body delivers sharper and more defined three-dimensional high-definition images.   It can also now be attached to any arm on the Xi, which allows us to scope the surgical area with more flexibility than ever before,” Dr. Thomas Vasdekas, general surgeon with the Midwest Institute of Robotic Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital.

Smaller Incisions, Greater Precision

Compared with traditional open surgery, robotic surgery requires significantly smaller incisions. “The potential benefits for patients are many including reduced pain and scarring, minimal blood loss and lower risk of complications, as well as a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time,” said Dr. Thai Nguyen, urologist and medical director of the robotic surgery program at Silver Cross Hospital.

Since 2012, the Institute’s comprehensive team of robotic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and technicians has safely performed over 3,000 robotic procedures with reduced complications or conversions to a traditional open technique.  And, patients consistently rate Silver Cross’ surgical team in the Top 10% in the nation for patient satisfaction. For more information or a referral to a surgeon with The Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery, click here.


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