Saint Francis adds da Vinci robot surgery


Saint Francis Healthcare, Wilmington, recently added the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System to its operating rooms.

This new technology aids surgeons in procedures and doubles the amount of robot-aided surgeries the hospital can perform.

Surgeons use the Xi Robot to perform minimally invasive surgeries that use tubes and cameras to conduct the surgery via one or more small incisions. These procedures allow for safer surgeries, faster recovery times for patients and reduced risk of infections.

“This new technology enables us to do more of what I call ‘laparoscopic procedures on steroids,'” said Dr. Michael Conway, chairman of surgery at Saint Francis Healthcare. “They make such a difference for both surgeon and patient. For us, surgery is about doing the right thing for the right patient at the right time. This new technology allows us to do that.”

The Xi Robotic Surgical System provides surgeons additional tools and options to perform colon resections, advanced urology procedures, advanced bariatric revision surgeries, gall bladder procedures, advanced gynecologic surgeries, and other procedures.

Between traditional open surgeries and laparoscopic/robotic surgeries, the Saint Francis surgery team has performed hernia procedures using the technology on more than 900 patients, the most in the state of Delaware.

“We are so pleased to bring this additional technology to Saint Francis patients,” said Dan Sinnott, CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare. “Now, besides offering safe and reliable surgical services to the region, in our COVID-sensitive hospital facilities, we also can provide the very latest in robotic services.”

Saint Francis is part of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, a group of hospitals in the Philadelphia area.

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