Woman's Hospital of Texas November 07, 2014

Houston, TX - Members of the media enjoyed meeting The Woman’s Hospital of Texas (TWHOT) newest life-saving robot, the da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgical System, at TWHOT on November 6, 2014.

Linda Russell, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas CEO; Dr. Dolar Patolia, OB/GYN; Dr. Joyce Holz, OB/GYN; Sylvia Taylor, RN, Robotic Coordinator; and Michelle Taylor, Lead Surgical Technician, discussed the benefits of the newest da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgical System and invited the media to demonstrate the newest robot. The da Vinci Xi® replaces large-incision abdominal surgeries (open surgery) with a minimally invasive approach. TWHOT is the first hospital inside Houston’s 610 Loop to have this latest technology.

“This robot is wonderful, not only because of the technology, but because it can literally save a person’s life and patients have minimal scarring,” says CEO Linda Russell.

The da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgical System has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci System. It can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for complex, multi-quadrant surgeries. The new da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgical System was designed with the goal of further advancing the technology used in minimally invasive surgery for complex diseases and conditions in gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac, and general surgery. Depending on the type of surgical procedure performed, the surgery can be performed in as little as an hour, with a hospital stay of 24 hours or less.

The new da Vinci® Xi System's updated features include:

  • A new overhead instrument arm architecture designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position.
  • A new endoscope digital architecture that creates a simpler, more compact design with improved visual definition and clarity.
  • An ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site.
  • Smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than ever before.
  • Longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater operative reach.

How It Works

During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a console and uses controls to operate the high-definition viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. The surgeon is 100 percent in control of the da Vinci Xi Robotic® Surgical System during the procedure. In real time, the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient. The special wristed instruments bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, the robotic-assisted approach enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

About The Woman’s Hospital of Texas

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is Houston's FIRST Woman's Hospital. The hospital was established in 1976 by a group of physicians who recognized the need for a facility focused solely on the care of women and infants. In keeping with this vision, Woman’s offers a full range of women’s services, including breakthrough developments in minimally invasive surgery such as Robotic Surgery, and urogynecology. Many of the physicians at Woman’s pioneered minimally invasive gynecological surgery techniques, and the hospital is designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery by the AAGL.  The hospital has an antepartum unit, 36 labor and delivery rooms, a medical surgical unit and 124-bed Levels II and III Neonatal Intensive Care nurseries. Since its inception, The Woman's Hospital of Texas has welcomed over 210,000 babies into the world and delivers more babies in Houston than any other hospital. Our experienced physicians specialize in high-risk deliveries, from handling preemies weighing less than 1,500 grams to offering a comprehensive Multiples Clinic for women having twins, triplets, or more. In addition, the Woman’s Hospital of Texas was twice named a top performer in quality measures by the Joint Commission, and has been designated as a Center of Excellence for Continence Care in Women by the National Association for Continence. Visit our website at www.womanshospital.com.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division
7400 Fannin, Suite 650, Houston, TX 77054
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 12 Hospitals, 8 ambulatory surgery centers, 14 diagnostic imaging facilities, 8 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.