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Advanced robotic surgery technology

The latest in advanced robotic-assisted surgery at HSHS St. John's with DaVinci and Mako

doctor standing in front of the da Vinci machine

Patients can experience greater accuracy, minimal scarring and faster recovery from robotic-assisted surgery techniques. Advantages include:

  • Minimally-invasive
  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced scarring
  • Less bleeding
  • Faster recovery with shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain medication is required

The da Vinci Dual Console Robotic-Assisted Surgical System

HSHS St. John’s Hospital offers patients the latest robotic-assisted surgery system, the da Vinci Xi. The da Vinci Xi gives surgeons an enhanced three-dimensional viewing area, greater flexibility and depth perception necessary to manipulate tissue. Robotic-assisted surgery is an alternative to traditional open surgical procedures and conventional laparoscopic surgery.

The da Vinci Xi surgeon console is set away from the actual operating table and contains the master controls the surgeon uses to operate. The handles mimic the surgeon’s natural hand and wrist movements into corresponding, precise and scaled movements. The "endoWrist" Instruments are only able to move when commanded by the surgeon.

Not Your Traditional Surgery

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System supports a less-invasive technique than traditional surgery. Procedures are always performed entirely by a surgeon. After a surgical site is accessed through tiny incisions, the system translates the surgeon’s hand movement into smaller, more precise actions of the tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System may be an option for patients having colorectal, general, bariatric, thoracic, gynecologic, or urologic related surgery.

The MAKO robotic arm for knee and hip replacements

The Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted System allows surgeons to treat painful knee and hip conditions with precision and more accurate implant alignment. Mako’s pre-operative, computer-assisted 3D planning allows surgeons to evaluate the bone structure, alignment, joint space and surrounding tissue so that they can plan the location, select the appropriate size and ensure proper alignment of the implant. 

 In the operating room, the robotic-arm system provides real-time data to the surgeon. This allows continuous assessment of ligament tension and range-of-motion during implant placement. In addition, the real-time data collected through Mako technology can reduce blood loss which is attributed to a number of factors including a smaller incision and decreased soft-tissue trauma. These benefits potentially eliminate the need for routine post-operative monitoring and post-procedure blood transfusions, all factors which could lengthen hospitalization. 

Thanks to advanced technology, Leonard was able to quickly get back to what he loves after knee surgery. As the only hospital in Springfield to invest in the Mako robot, our patients can recover faster and are left with minimal scarring after surgery.