Traditional surgery is necessary for many conditions, including some cancers and diseases of the heart and vascular system. Yet, like all surgeries, it has potential risks—both during and after the procedure—that can result in poor outcomes for patients. Technological advances have made it possible to reduce the risks associated with open (long incision) surgery through the use of minimally invasive (tiny incision) surgery.
Many surgeries that have been carried out in open procedures — gallbladder removal, hysterectomy, prostate and colorectal surgery — can now be performed with the help of robotic devices. These robot-assisted surgeries allow doctors to successfully operate with more precision and control, thereby reducing patient risks and complications.
Since Mills-Peninsula Medical Center (MPMC) acquired its first Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Si robot in 2012, our expert surgeons have performed more than 1,000 robot-assisted surgeries. Allowing for smaller incisions, enhanced visualization, and less trauma to the body, the da Vinci Si has been an important tool in improving patient safety and ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.
Recent developments in technology have led to enhanced performance in the next generation of surgical robots; particularly, as it pertains to complex cases. This next generation state-of-the-art Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Xi system can be used across a broader spectrum of surgeries than the da Vinci Si, which allows surgical teams to perform more delicate and complex procedures than ever before.
Providing a natural extension of the surgeon’s eyes and hands, the da Vinci Xi is designed for procedures where full access and advanced instrumentation is essential. Its 3D high definition vision system provides surgeons with a crystal clear, highly magnified view, while its instruments bend and rotate far beyond the human hand to perform procedures with unprecedented precision.
With the support of our community, more patients facing complicated surgeries, will benefit from this revolutionary, minimally invasive surgical technology. The Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Xi will be an essential tool in MPMC’s continuing efforts to:
- Enhance safety and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients who need more complex, minimally invasive surgery
- Avoid complications during and after surgery, such as blood loss, pneumonia, and surgical site infection
- Speed recovery and patients’ return to normal activities
- Minimize pain and decrease the need for pain medications
- Ensure proper healing and reduce scarring due to surgical incisions
Our continuing goal is to provide patients with access to the most advanced healthcare available anywhere — close to home. The generosity of our donors will enable us to acquire the latest in robot-assisted surgical technology so our exceptional surgeons have the tools they need to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.
For further information call Peter Gielniak, President of Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, at (650) 696-5349 or Kathy Hansen, Director of Philanthropy, at (650) 696-5461.