Da Vinci XI Surgical System allows surgeons to be more precise

The da Vinci XI Surgical System is an advanced robotic device that allows Pediatric Urologists Omar Cruz-Diaz, MD (left), and León Smith-Harrison, MD, the opportunity to better perform laparoscopic surgery. The da Vinci offers minimally invasive surgery, faster recovery time, smaller incisions, and less pain and blood loss for patients.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital is now using the new da Vinci XI Surgical System, an advanced, robotic device which allows surgeons to make smaller, more precise incisions inside the body. The new device allows for minimally invasive surgery, faster recovery time, smaller incisions, and less pain and blood loss for patients.

The XI System is currently being used on urology patients at Driscoll. “The da Vinci System allows us to offer patients state-of-the-art care that you would see anywhere else in the country,” said León Smith-Harrison, MD, Pediatric Urologist.

With the da Vinci Surgical System, Driscoll is able to offer a less invasive surgery, in addition to existing open surgery. “This gives that flexibility to parents and patients and distinguishes us from other institutions,” said Omar Cruz-Diaz, MD, Pediatric Urologist.

This robotic technology is fairly new to pediatrics, and the acquisition of the da Vinci XI System allows Driscoll Children’s Hospital to “establish a solid program that will really impact the entire population of South Texas,” said Dr. Cruz-Diaz.

South Texas children will greatly benefit from the high-tech aspects of the da Vinci.

The 3-D high-definition vision system of the da Vinci gives the surgeon enhanced vision, precision and control. EndoWrist instrumentation offers the surgeon dexterity and a range of motion far exceeding that of the human hand. Intuitive motion technology preserves natural eye-hand-instrument alignment and instrument control, minimizing the effects of the surgeon’s hand tremors on instrument movements.

Incisions inside the body made using the da Vinci are much smaller than incisions made during open surgery. The smaller incisions lead to less scarring for the patient and less blood loss. The smaller, thinner arms of the da Vinci offer a greater range of motion, and longer instrument shafts give surgeons greater reach.

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) allows the patient to recover in a much shorter time period. There tend to be fewer complications with MIS, allowing for shorter hospital stays and less need for narcotic pain medicine.

With the da Vinci, Driscoll continues to be on the cutting edge of technology, offering children throughout South Texas the best care possible.