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Lancaster General Hospital’s recent acquisition of the da® Vinci Xi™ Surgical System will expand the number and complexity of cases surgeons will be able to perform. Dr. Paul Newman, Division Chief of General Surgery for LGH, will begin performing surgery using the latest generation of da Vinci this week – the first in central Pennsylvania.
 
During a news conference held Wednesday, March 18, Dr. Newman provided an overview of the da Vinci Xi technology. “The da Vinci Xi further advances minimally invasive surgery and maximizes access to all parts of the abdominal and pelvis to allow surgeons to perform complicated cases, including colorectal and joint surgeries,” he said, noting the da Vinci Xi is more user friendly than earlier models. “Robotic technology continues to improve minimally invasive surgery to give patients the benefit of smaller incisions and hope for less pain and quicker recovery.”
 
The da Vinci Xi System, developed by Intuitive Surgical, can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.
 
By enabling efficient access throughout the abdomen or chest, the da Vinci Xi System expands upon core da Vinci System features, including: wristed instruments for more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patients’ body; 3D-HD visualization that provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient; intuitive motion and an ergonomic design.
 
Key features include: anatomical access from virtually any position; improved vision definition and clarity; smaller, thinner arms for greater range of motion than ever before; and longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater operative reach.
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