New robot expands surgical services at Putnam Hospital Center 

Posted: 7/12/2019

Please welcome the newest member of Putnam Hospital Center's surgical team, the da Vinci Xi robot by Intuitive.

This latest model has several enhancements, including sharper three-dimensional visualization, better range of motion and greater operative reach for the surgeon. The Xi will also expand the types of robotics surgeries offered at Putnam Hospital Center.

An earlier model of the da Vinci robotic surgical system was introduced at the hospital in 2012, ushering in a new era of minimally invasive procedures. Since then, about eight surgeons have used the technology to perform more than 1,600 procedures in the areas of general, urologic, colorectal and gynecologic surgeries. The da Vinci Xi will allow for bariatric and thoracic surgeries to be added to Putnam Hospital Center's operating suite, said Mary Elm, informatics and robotics nurse specialist.

"It's giving more access to better technology for the surgeons, the ability to perform more complex surgeries and statistics indicate it's better for the patients," Elm said.

Indeed, research has shown robotic surgery allows for smaller incisions, less scarring, less operative pain, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and less blood loss compared with other techniques.

For more information on the robot and surgical services at Putnam Hospital Center, visit

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