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Crouse Hospital First in Region to Use New da Vinci Xi Surgical System


Xi Team july2014newsCrouse Hospital is the first in Central New York to offer the next generation da Vinci surgical system, an advanced robotic-assisted device that allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive operations with greater dexterity and precision.


The new ‘Xi’ technology provides surgeons with greater range of motion, allowing the technology to be readily adapted for procedures that require access to multiple areas of the abdomen, according to Mary Cunningham, MD, a board-certified GYN/Oncology surgeon who performed the first procedure at Crouse using the new system.


The da Vinci Xi uses advanced robotic computer and optical technologies, allowing surgeons to perform complex procedures through small incisions as an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. Benefits to patients may include faster recovery time, minimal scarring and pain, decreased blood loss, shorter hospital stay and quicker return to daily activities.


In the six years Crouse has been offering robotic surgery, the hospital has performed more multi-specialty surgeries than any other institution in the area – more than 700 procedures last year alone. The hospital recently replaced one of its two earlier generation robotic systems with the new Xi equipment. There are currently only 60 Xi systems installed across the United States.


The Xi has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci technology. The new system features “overhead architecture,” which enables efficient access throughout the abdomen and chest, and allows for multi-quadrant surgery to be performed without repositioning the system. The Xi also has smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than before and longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater surgical reach.


In addition to GYN/oncology, the new Xi system will be used for colorectal, urological GYN and general robotic procedures. Crouse Hospital’s Institute for Robotic Surgery is one of a handful of designated epicenters for robotic colorectal surgery in the country, serving as a training site for surgeons to observe routine and complex robotic-assisted general surgery cases.  Surgeons from throughout the United States visit Crouse monthly to observe sophisticated, minimally invasive procedures using the technology.


“The new Xi system allows for far easier and quicker access to the entire abdomen without having to move the robot around,” says Crouse colorectal surgeon John Nicholson, MD, pictured above (center) with Surgical Physician Assistant Dave Darmody and Robotics Team Leader Lisa Miller, RN. “For colon surgery, which involves multiple quadrants, it is far superior to the previous technology. We’re able to do a more precise dissection and we expect that it will decrease operative time.”


Adds Dr. Cunningham: “The bottom line is that it’s the skill, knowledge and experience of the surgical team that’s most important. The ability for that team to have the most advanced technological tools available helps provide the best outcomes.”


For more information about robotic surgery at Crouse Hospital visit


Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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