MARTINSBURG – WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center has acquired a new da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System, further advancing the technology available to surgery patients in our region.
The development of this program allows for minimally invasive surgery options for many common large-incision surgeries. The da Vinci robot has several unique features designed to enhance patient experience and reduce recovery times.
“Two of our new operating rooms at Berkeley Medical Center were designed to support this new Xi model da Vinci robot,” Anthony P. Zelenka, president and CEO, said. “The precision of this advanced Xi system means that WVU Medicine is taking surgery to the next level in our region.”
Robotic surgery, in the hands of a skilled surgeon, can perform complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible via conventional surgery. Because robotic surgery requires minimal incisions, patients heal faster with fewer complications resulting in a quick return to a normal family and work life schedule.
The first procedure on the da Vinci Xi at Berkeley Medical Center, a hernia repair, took place on Nov.19. It was completed by Mazin Shackour, M.D., general surgeon. Since that time, Dr. Shackour has been performing several procedures each week using the robot.
“Robotic surgery has been an integral part of my practice over the last few years. Patient benefits include less pain and a shorter recovery,” Shackour said, adding that the wristed instruments and 3D high definition visualization allow the surgeon to deliver the highest level of care. “WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center made a remarkable effort to acquire this technology, and I am proud to be a part of this growing organization.”
The da Vinci system, offered by Intuitive Surgical Inc., consists of several key components including an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery, interactive robotic arms, a 3D HD vision system and wristed instruments.
While the da Vinci is currently being used at Berkeley Medical Center for various general surgery procedures, hospital officials are planning to expand its service offerings in the near future to include urological, gynecological and thoracic procedures as more providers are trained to use the da Vinci robot.
“We are honored and excited to have been the first health system in our region to offer the Maxor X for robot guided spine surgery and now the da Vinci for various minimally invasive surgical procedures,” Zelenka said, adding that in January 2020 Jefferson Medical Center will be the first hospital in the region to introduce the ROSA robot for robotic-assisted knee replacement.
“This expansion of our robotic-assisted surgery program here at WVU Medicine East is just another example of how we strive to provide our patients with revolutionary treatments using the latest state-of-the-art technology,” Zelenka said.