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Next-generation surgical robot brings new treatment options to El Paso women


Robotic surgery in El Paso has taken a major leap forward with the debut of the four-armed Da Vinci XI technology, which offers surgeons a greater range of motion and reach for even more minimally invasive treatments.

“The new Xi surgical robot is the culmination of years of meticulous engineering and design input from surgical experts resulting in the world’s most advanced technology,” said Dr. Rick Farnam, director of the Texas Urogynecology and Laser Surgery Center. “Simply put, this new surgical robot makes the impossible possible and makes previously complex surgical procedures easier.”

Dr. Farnam, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist specializing in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, has used the system for urogynecology procedures. He is one of only 25 da Vinci® epicenter surgeons in the U.S., and the only one in El Paso.

In June, Las Palmas Medical Center became the first, and currently only, hospital in El Paso to acquire a da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical. The acquisition of the da Vinci® Xi system complements Las Palmas Medical Center’s current use of the three Si robotic systems, which brings the total commitment of the hospital to four systems and an $8-million investment.

Las Palmas Medical Center is a designated Intuitive Epicenter in gynecologic surgery, and surgeons from across the U.S. come to Las Palmas Medical Center to be trained in this technology.

The new surgical system includes enhanced surgical technique capabilities, which can be used in many minimally invasive procedures across a wide spectrum of specialties. Its advancements allow patients less invasive surgical options, reduced pain and quicker recovery times as compared to traditional open procedures.

Intuitive’s surgical robot allows surgeons to control all of the robotic-arm movements seamlessly from a console. The da Vinci® features an enhanced design, including four overhead arms that can access the body from virtually any position. Additional upgrades include advances in the wristed instruments, enhanced 3D-HD vision for surgeons and greater capabilities for instrument attachment, which customizes each surgery for the patient and surgeon.

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