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Kearney Regional Medical Center is expanding its robotic-assisted surgical offerings with the addition of two cutting-edge pieces of technology.

 da Vinci Xi Surgical System

The first addition is the da Vinci Xi Surgical System which translates surgeon hand movements in real-time, bending and rotating corresponding instruments while performing procedures. Its tiny wristed instruments move like a human hand, but with a greater range of motion when controlled by the surgeon via a separate console.

The Xi system replaces the current Si system, providing surgeons with expanded anatomical access, wider 3D visualization, and more advanced instruments for robotic-assisted minimally-invasive surgery.

The da Vinci Xi is used by multiple physicians in the areas of general and bariatric surgery, gynecological surgery, urology, and cardiothoracic surgeries.

 Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System

Kearney Regional Medical Center orthopedic patients will also benefit from the addition of a Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System. This robot will be used for total hip and knee replacements.

Using a virtual 3D model, the Mako System allows surgeons to personalize each patient’s surgical pre-operative plan to enable more accurate implant positioning. Surgeons then use the robotic-arm to intra-operatively help restore the hip/knee’s natural anatomy.

The first surgery using the new technology will be Monday, August 12th by Dr. Ryan DeBlis, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon.

 Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery

The benefits of robotic-assisted surgery include better clinical outcomes, improved safety, and reduced risks and complications. Patients can return to normal activities faster than with conventional or laparoscopic surgery. Incisions and stitching are also able to be even smaller than with other types of minimally invasive surgeries.

Kearney Regional Medical Center also has two spine surgery robots: the Mazor and Renaissance.

The decision to upgrade and add to its robotic-assisted surgery technology fits the Kearney Regional Medical Center vision to provide advanced medical care in a personal, compassionate, innovative and resourceful way. Says CEO Bill Calhoun of the additions, “We are pleased to offer the people of Central Nebraska and Northern Kansas alternatives that keep care close to home.”