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McLaren Flint First Area Hospital to Acquire Newest Robot
McLaren Flint continues to be the region’s leader in the use of the daVinci® Surgical System. The hospital has invested in the latest version of Intuitive’s robotic equipment called the daVinci Xi.

Robotic Assisted Surgery

What is robotic-assisted surgery?

Robotic-assisted surgery, a type of minimally invasive surgery, uses surgical robotic equipment which imitates surgical movements. Minimally invasive procedures allow surgeons to operate through small ports rather than large incisions, resulting in shorter recovery times, fewer complications and reduced hospital stays. Surgical robotics combines minimally invasive surgery with highly advanced clinical technology.

McLaren Flint da Vinci Surgical System®

McLaren Flint continues to be the region’s leader in the use of the daVinci® Surgical System. The hospital has invested in the latest version of Intuitive’s robotic equipment called the daVinci Xi®. It was installed in the hospital’s O.R. in October 2017.

The Xi has an overhead instrument arm architecture designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position
Photo 1
Robotic arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion
Photo 2
Patient surgical bed that works with a target device
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Robot that allows for specific anatomy selections so the two line up appropriately.
Photo 4

Benefits of the da Vinci Xi include:

  • More mobility, (previous versions were fixed). The Xi has an overhead instrument arm architecture designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position (photo 1).
  • Enhanced digital high definition 3_D architecture that creates a simpler, more compact design with improved vision definition and clarity.
  • Capability of attaching the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site.
  • Smaller, thinner robotic arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than previous versions (photo 2).
  • Longer instrumentation shafts designed to give surgeons greater operative reach.
  • It has its own patient surgical bed that works with a blue tooth targeting device (photo 3) on the robot that allows for specific anatomy selections (photo 4) so the two line up appropriately.

The System can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology and general surgery.

Since becoming the first hospital in the region to invest in robotic surgical equipment in 2005, McLaren Flint surgeons have performed over 4,000 procedures. This technology will offer patients with even more complex surgical needs the benefits of this minimally invasive surgery.

What are advantages of robotic-assisted surgery?

As with any surgery, outcomes can vary because surgery is unique to each patient and procedure. Robotic-assisted surgery is considered safe and effective, but may not be appropriate for everyone. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as the benefits and risks.

The advantages of robotic-assisted surgery for patients include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Faster recovery
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss and transfusions
  • Speedier return to daily activities

Major advantages for surgeons using robotic-assistance during surgery include:

  • Greater visualization
  • Enhanced surgeon dexterity
  • Greater precision

Robotic Surgery Risks

As with all types of surgeries, there are risks associated with robotic surgeries and results vary from person to person. Be sure to talk about your specific situation with your physician and surgeon before deciding if robotic-assisted surgery is right for you.