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Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System, the latest da Vinci model, was designed with the goal of further advancing the technology used in minimally invasive surgery. Shannon's mission to provide exceptional healthcare to our family, friends and neighbors encompasses staying up-to-date with the latest medical technology, including advancements in surgical techniques. The system can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures.

How it works

The surgeon is 100 percent in control of the da Vinci Xi System, which translates their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient's body. Four small incisions, five to ten millimeters, in size are made during the operation to accommodate the instruments.

The system is laser guided and is placed in the precise location before the operation begins. The surgeon controls the da Vinci System through a console a few feet away from the operating table. The Xi System's immersive 3-D/HD vision system provides surgeons a highly-magnified view, ten times that of the naked eye, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

Several of Shannon's surgeons are utilizing the da Vinci for gallbladder removal, hernia repair, colectomy and OB-GYN surgeries. Robotic surgery allows surgeons to have 3-D vision along with better digitalization, magnified vision and wrist-articulated instruments. The instruments function like a human wrist, with seven planes of movement. All of these features combined help to minimize the risk to the patient.


Surgeons benefit from enhanced vision and mechanics while using the system. The patient benefits from smaller incisions, which lead to a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery, minimal scarring and less risk of complications. Firefly allows surgeons to switch from standard to near-infrared vision with the use of an injectable fluorescent dye. When Firefly is switched on, the surgeon sees the areas with blood flow as green and the areas without as gray, allowing him or her to evaluate major ductal areas, vessels and blood flow in real-time. Additional advanced features of the da Vinci Xi System include the ability for the surgeons to feed their patient's imaging results into the console and Firefly Fluorescence Imaging.

"The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is an exciting addition to our surgical program," said Ian Rae, BSN, RN, Director of Surgical Services at Shannon. "It's an added benefit not only to our team and our hospital, but more importantly, to our patients."

The da Vinci Xi System is an expandable technology platform that is designed to accommodate and seamlessly integrate a range of current technologies, as well as future innovations, in areas such as imaging, advanced instruments and anatomical access.

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