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Brian Stisser, MD, controls the robotic arms from a console during a robotic procedure.

New surgical system offers many benefits

Augusta Health recently expanded its surgical options with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System®, state-of-the-art technology that significantly expands Augusta’s minimally invasive surgery options.

According to urologist Brian Stisser, MD, the da Vinci Xi is the next step in the evolution of surgery. It allows surgeons to be more precise while using smaller incisions. During a procedure, the surgeon is seated at a console while viewing a magnified 3-D image of the patient. Aided by a specially trained team, the surgeon controls interactive robotic arms that hold surgical tools.

Along with a higher level of precision, there are many more benefits to patients, Dr. Stisser says. “This is a huge advantage for all sorts of procedures,” he notes. “Patient outcomes can be improved in a major way.”

Here are some of the benefits that patients can expect with the da Vinci Xi:

Faster recovery. With minimally invasive procedures, patients can expect shorter hospital stays. That allows them to recover at home, which tends to speed recovery time frames.

Less blood loss. Smaller incisions and more precise surgery can greatly reduce blood loss incidence. That might eliminate the need for blood transfusions in certain operations.

Less pain. Because incisions are smaller, they tend to heal faster and involve less pain than the larger incisions used in more traditional surgeries.

Less need for narcotic pain medications. With less pain comes less of a need to control it. That means patients can often minimize use of pain medications, which is especially important for narcotics, which can come with side effects like constipation and withdrawal issues.

Robotic surgery has become the standard of care for many conditions. More than 90 percent of prostate cancer surgeries are now done robotically, resulting in dramatic improvements in terms of cancer survival, notes Dr. Stisser.

The da Vinci Xi will also be used for colorectal surgery, gynecologic surgery, thoracic surgery and urologic surgery.

“With this, patients can return to their real-life activities much faster,” says Dr. Stisser. “That’s what I find to be the greatest advantage of all — having patients recover in a shorter time so they can get back to their lives.”

Learn more about robotic surgery and its benefits. Talk with your physician or visit Augusta Health’s website.