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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Pioneers Most-Advanced Surgical Robot in California
Date:7/17/2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento on Wednesday became the first hospital in California to use the next-generation robotic surgery system called the da Vinci Xi, which provides 3-D, high-definition visualization and greater dexterity, precision and control for the surgeon as well as less pain and a quicker recovery for the patient.

Steven C. Patching, M.D., who in 1993 was the first to use laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgery in the Sacramento region, became the first surgeon in California to complete a procedure – a gallbladder removal – using the new da Vinci Xi system.

The da Vinci Xi, which was approved by the FDA in April, has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci system, with the adaptability to be used across an array of surgeries in urology, gynecology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.

The Xi possesses 3D-HD visualization, giving surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. The da Vinci Xi system's new overhead arm architecture provides the surgeon anatomical access from virtually any position, simplifying multi-quadrant surgeries. Smaller, thinner arms coupled with longer instrument shafts permit greater range of motion and more flexibility than ever before.

"The improvements and sophistication of this latest generation of da Vinci surgical robots are absolutely remarkable," Dr. Patching said after completing the first surgery. "With the da Vinci Xi, the patient experiences less pain than standard laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon can see in true three dimensions, and the tips of the robotic arms articulate like our wrists and fingers. With the older-generation robots, the dexterity is very limited."

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