The next frontier for minimally invasive surgery is at St. Petersburg General Hospital. The hospital recently acquired new cutting-edge technology in minimally invasive surgery, the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System. The new Xi complements the Si robotic system that is already in place and is a significant investment of almost $2M. This new robot will replace one of the two current robots, enhancing the breadth and depth of robotic surgical abilities.

Board Certified General Surgery and Fellowship trained Colorectal Surgeon Lourdes Santiago, MD performed the first procedures assisted robotically with the new Xi, an inguinal hernia repair and colectomy (colon resection), two different surgeries on two different patients on Thursday, August 10, 2017. “The Xi robot allows me to take surgical excellence to a new, higher level,” articulated Dr. Santiago.

St. Petersburg General Hospital is a leader in robotic surgery in the Pinellas area since 2008, performing over 2875 procedures and offering a comprehensive robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery program that accommodates all main service lines. St. Pete General Hospital is the first in the area to offer robotic single-site/incision Hysterectomy (uterus removal) and Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) and is designated as a GYN Surgical Training Epicenter, one of only two in the state of Florida, by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the maker of the robot.

“Physicians practice here as a hospital of choice due to the quantifiable efficiency of the Operating Room teams and the longevity of the program. These two benefits combined with utilizing two robots since 2012, displays best practices for expertise of both the staff and the physician for the patient. We are one of the busiest robotic-assisted surgical hospitals in the area and with this Xi enhanced technology, we continue to lead the way in minimally invasive surgery.” detailed hospital CEO, Janice Balzano.

The new Xi robot offers an overhead boom, a laser targeting system and longer arms that gives more flexibility for positioning and greater range of motion, allowing for four quadrant access. The system can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient's body.

For more information regarding the da Vinci robotic assisted systems, please visit Intuitive Surgical.