Oct 22, 2021 3:20 PM

New robotic surgical system in use at HRMC

Posted Oct 22, 2021 3:20 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Angela Frohlich Phipps told Hutch Post the new Da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system lets doctors be more precise in their cuts than they can be with their own hands.

"The physician is controlling the arms of the robot," Frohlich Phipps said. "They attach different instrumentation to it. It's the movements and manipulation of the provider from the console."

There are certain surgeries that lend themselves more readily to robotic work.

"Lap Nissens, resections, things of that nature," Frohlich Phipps said. "When we use the Xi, we have a greater reach, greater mobility and decreased blood loss and increased accuracy."

The Xi is a key to the hospital's long-term planning.

"We can do three procedures a day on the Xi, just because of the duration of set up and tear down," Frohlich Phipps said. "We are currently renovating a larger OR suite to house it, which will be its final destination."

The new system also has the ability to customize settings to each physician, as well.