The technology of tomorrow is here today providing new horizons for gynecologic, thoracic, urologic and colorectal surgery candidates in South Texas.
For nearly a decade, CHRISTUS Spohn has been using da Vinci robotic surgical technology and providing patients with minimally invasive procedures and faster recovery times. Just last year, CHRISTUS Spohn South upgraded its existing robotic system with the da Vinci Xi, the latest in robotic surgery, for GYN and Colorectal procedures.
Today, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System debuts its second da Vinci Xi at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline. The da Vinci Xi offers three dimensional, high-definition visualization allowing for greater precision and control for surgeons.
“We are excited to continue to bring state-of-the-art technology and equipment to our hospital campus and further enhance the programs and services that we offer as the region’s Tertiary Referral Center,” Elkins said.
The da Vinci System is operated by a surgeon sitting a few feet away from the patient at a console. Using a high-powered camera, the surgeon guides the robot’s four arms - which hold surgical tools that are inserted into the patient through small, keyhole-sized incisions.
The da Vinci’s highly-accurate instruments allow the surgeon to move her or his own hands - and the robot’s – to conduct precise movements with extraordinary control and precision. In addition, the da Vinci’s video monitoring system provides a three-dimensional view of the surgery with magnification ten times that of the naked eye.
“The da Vinci Xi system allows our physicians to perform procedures and operations unlike ever before.” Elkins added. “It’s an exciting addition to the level of care we provide our patients.”
For physicians, the benefits of the Xi include improved vision, improved mechanics, and the ability to place the camera into any of the robotic port sites, providing a different look at the operative field.
For patients, the da Vinci’s smaller incisions mean a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, minimal scarring, fewer complications and less of a need for pain medication.
To learn more, patients should inquire with their primary physician whether they are a candidate for this breakthrough technology.