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CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System First in Area to Offer Groundbreaking Surgical Technology July 13, 2018

TYLER, TX – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System is the first health care organization in the Tyler area to perform minimally invasive surgery using the groundbreaking robotic da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

“Christus Trinity Mother Frances has been providing the latest in minimally invasive surgeries for years but now we can also offer patients the most advanced surgical technology in the market.  With the daVinci Xi, patients having robotic surgery will experience less scarring and pain, fewer complications and faster recoveries,” said Lynn Wyllie, MSN, BSN, RN, CNOR, Administrative Director of Perioperative Services at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “Combined with the previous da Vinci robotic system that is already in place, this new system can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive procedures and complex surgeries. It will expand access to patients who require these treatments and allow us to better serve the people of Northeast Texas with truly unrivaled technology.”

For more than a decade, da Vinci Surgical Systems have provided patients with a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that reduces many of the costs and complications associated with open procedures. The new da Vinci Xi 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.
"Our goal is to develop technology that enhances surgical performance," said Gary Guthart, Intuitive Surgical President and Chief Executive Officer. "The da Vinci Xi System's new overhead architecture means that multi-quadrant surgery can be performed without repositioning the system, an innovation long sought by surgeons who perform complex procedures. We strive to provide the most advanced, least invasive option for surgery, and we are working hard to make minimally invasive surgery the standard of care."

“By enabling efficient access throughout the abdomen and chest, the da Vinci Xi System expands upon core da Vinci System features, including wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion, and an ergonomic design,” said Charles Beall, M.D. “As with our current da Vinci Surgical System, the da Vinci Xi System's immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. It’s a wonderful tool to help us treat patients and demonstrates a commitment to excellence in advancing colon, thoracic and pancreatic surgeries, as well as supporting the obstetric, hernia and other surgeries we have been performing for some time. This continuing support from the system and advancing technology is remarkable and a wonderful thing for this community and our patients.”

The da Vinci Xi System's key 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.

“The da Vinci Xi System is an expandable technology platform that is designed to accommodate and seamlessly integrate a range of current technologies in areas such as imaging, advanced instruments and anatomical access, as well as future innovations,” said Fadi Nasrallah, M.D., MBA, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “With this system, we are able to expand our programs and technologies with choices to match the needs of our patients and the communities we serve.” 

The da Vinci Surgical System is a surgical platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The system in use at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler consists of an ergonomic surgeon console, a patient-side cart with three or four interactive arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art technology, the da Vinci Surgical System is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon's hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments.

“By providing surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort compared to other surgical approaches, the da Vinci Surgical System makes it possible for the skilled surgeons on our team to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or reconstruction,” said Christina Roberts, Robotic Team Leader.

“The scope and complexity of procedures and surgeries we can perform with incredible precision using our da Vinci surgical systems is truly outstanding,” said Jason Proctor, MBA, Chief Operating Officer of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals - Jacksonville, South Tyler and Tyler. “It is not simply important that we have added this new piece of equipment. What is most important is what we can do for our patients with it. By being the first in the area to offer this technology, we can expand access to necessary and lifesaving procedures for our patients, their families, and this community. That’s really what our mission is all about: extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”