Joshua Tyler, M.D., a colorectal surgeon at Merit Health Biloxi, performed the first surgery using the new da Vinci Xi robotic system last week.
Merit Health Biloxi is the first hospital in South Mississippi Gulf Coast to use the $2.2M da Vinci Xi, which is a technological leap forward in replacing traditional, large-incision surgeries with a minimally invasive approach.
It also adds benefits and capabilities over traditional laparoscopic surgery.
“The new instrumentation of the Xi provides distinct technological and visualization benefits over the Si robot and conventional laparoscopic surgery,” Tyler said.
The da Vinci Xi complements the daVinci Si robotic surgical system already in use at Merit Health Biloxi. The new system can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures with integrated table motion for surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, colorectal and general surgery.
As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is 100 percent in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The Xi System’s immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.
“For the patient, surgery with the da Vinci Xi System means lower blood loss, less scarring, a quicker return to physical functions and a shorter hospital stay,” said urologist David Spencer, M.D. “It also means resuming normal activities much quicker than with traditional surgery and I am excited to be able to offer patients this option.”