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The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery (TIRS) at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center recently became the first facility in the world to use the new da Vinci Xi Surgical System—a robotic arm used by physicians to perform several different cancer procedures across three different specialties including colorectal, gynecological and urologic oncology.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is an expandable technology platform designed to accommodate and seamlessly integrate a range of current technologies in areas such as imaging, advanced instruments and anatomical access. The system is optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries and can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures.

On April 16, St. David’s North Austin Medical Center was the first facility in the world to bring the benefits of the Xi system to its patients, and Thiru Lakshman, M.D., a colorectal surgeon at TIRS, was the first physician to operate using the new technology.

TIRS introduced the new da Vinci Xi Surgical System during its third annual Surgical Technology Conference in late spring. Surgeons from across the nation attended the one-day, educational conference at the institute’s newly expanded conference and teaching center, where they had the opportunity to sit in on live surgeries using the new Xi platform, as well as participate in lectures from leading robotics surgeons, including Thomas N. Payne, M.D., medical director of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery.

To view a video documenting the recent Surgical Technology Conference, watch below or click here if you are an employee of St. David’s HealthCare.

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