Robot-assisted da Vinci Xi Surgical System in 4th Generation at Hospital - Greenwich Hospital Office of Development

Robot-assisted da Vinci Xi Surgical System in 4th Generation at Hospital

Robot-assisted da Vinci Xi Surgical System in 4th Generation at Hospital

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Robotic, minimally-invasive surgery has dramatically changed the experience of surgery for dozens of patients at Greenwich Hospital. Now in its fourth generation, the da Vinci Xi surgical system uses enhanced cameras for 3D visualization and surgeon-controlled robotic arms for precise movements. Patients generally experience smaller incisions, less pain, fewer complications and a quicker recovery.

The Xi system takes surgery performed with a laparoscope to a new level. It allows surgeons to manipulate tissues and organs as in open surgery, but in a way that minimizes the physical pressure on sensitive tissues and nerves. This often eliminates the need to cut through muscle, reducing post-operative pain and blood loss, and with tiny incisions, patients only have minor cosmetic scarring.

“When people hear ‘robotics,’ they think a machine or a computer is performing the surgery. The surgeon makes all movements, from stitching and cutting to stapling and dissecting, by essentially telemanipulating the instruments,” said Athanassios Petrotos, MD, general surgeon, who performs robot-assisted hernia repairs, colectomies and gastrectomies.

Today, the hospital has expanded its robotic surgery program to include urological/prostate, thoracic, gynecological and general surgery procedures. Surgeons who use the da Vinci undergo rigorous training before they are qualified.

In the months ahead, Greenwich Hospital plans to create a robotic surgery center, purchase another da Vinci robot and add five surgeons trained in robotic surgery to our roster of twenty, as well as additional nurses and staff.