Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), which first introduced advanced robotic surgery for patients in 2007, today announced that it has acquired and is currently using the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System, further complementing its minimally invasive robotic surgery capabilities and making the Peninsula Institute for Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery (PILARS) the most extensive on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The da Vinci Xi, the state-of-the-art robotic surgical technology available in the world today, is the third robot to be installed at PRMC in the past decade, and upgrades substantially the capabilities of both the S and Si systems already used in specialized operations. 

“We’ve known for 10 years now that robotics allows smaller incisions, and that translates into faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. Our team of specially trained surgeons has pinpoint accuracy, dexterity and control, which means less tissue damage and less pain,” said Kurt Wehberg, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at PRMC.  “As a heart surgeon, the Xi offers me the ability to perform stapling of major vessels connected to the heart, something not available on the two previous robots.  It provides patients an advanced surgery, and for surgeons the ability to more accurately staple these vessels in areas the human wrist could never reach.”

The da Vinci Xi, Si and S Surgical Systems are used across a spectrum of minimally invasive procedures at PRMC including cardiac and thoracic surgery, urologic surgery, gynecologic surgery and general surgery. Since 2007, nearly 1,800 Delmarva patients have benefitted from the revolutionary technology available at PRMC.

“The Xi also offers an aerodynamic profile, which allows us to better position it during connection to the patient and ultimately a more precise surgery,” added urologist and surgeon Mark Shimko, MD, PILARS Medical Director.  “Another outstanding benefit is that the new robot is easier for surgeons to manipulate, and it provides a simulator that allows virtual education/training and the opportunity for self-assessment and evaluation.  These are all significant advancements that will help to improve surgical performance and patient outcomes.” 

To learn more about robotic surgery options at Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the Peninsula Institute for Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery, please visit www.peninsula.org/pilars.

In the photo are members of the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Robotics Team gathered around the Medical Center’s new da Vinci Xi Surgical Robot.  The Xi is the third suricial robot installed at PRMC since 2007.