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White Plains Hospital Performs First Case on One of Two New da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System Robots

May 6, 2016

Hospital is the first in Westchester County to Acquire Two of the Latest Generation of da Vinci Robots

White Plains, NY (May 6, 2016) – White Plains Hospital recently performed the first case on one of two new da Vinci Xi Surgical System robots, the latest generation of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.’s da Vinci® Surgical System. The case, a robotic laparoscopic recto sigmoid resection, was performed by colorectal surgeon Kimberly Yee, M.D.

The new robotic systems empower surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures with superior real-time visualization, greater dexterity and precision, ideal for highly complex, multi-quadrant surgeries.

White Plains Hospital is the only hospital in Westchester to outfit its da Vinci Xi robots with technologies that enhance patient safety and surgical outcomes, including: Integrated Table Motion, the seamless coordination of the da Vinci Xi robot with Trumpf Medical’s TruSystem® 7000dV advanced operating table which permits surgeons and anesthesiologists to make a comprehensive range of table adjustments easily and efficiently during surgery; the da Vinci EndoWrist Stapler 45, Stapler 30 and Vessel Sealer; and the da Vinci Single-Site® Instrumentation which enables surgeons to perform surgery through a single incision.

The purchase of the two new da Vinci Xi robots demonstrates White Plains Hospital’s commitment to innovation and technology to enhance quality patient care. “We are thrilled that the hospital has invested in this cutting-edge technology which provides patients with the most advanced minimally invasive alternative to open surgery,” said Dr. Kaare Weber, Director of Surgery at White Plains Hospital. “The da Vinci Xi systems allow us to work with even more precision on complex cases. This translates into more patients who will be able to benefit from the advantages of minimally invasive surgery.”

Advantages of robotic surgery – RRobotic surgery uses very small instruments attached to a robotic arm, controlled by a skilled surgeon at a console and a magnified 3D high-definition vision system that allows for very precise operation. The robot allows the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, dexterity and control in order to make small, precise movements inside a patient’s body. Robotic surgery has many potential advantages over traditional open surgery including a shorter hospital stay; less pain; decreased blood loss; small incisions for minimal scarring; a quicker return to daily activities and the potential for better surgical outcomes.

The first community hospital in Westchester to perform robotic-assisted surgery, White Plains Hospital recently celebrated a decade of providing da Vinci robotic surgery to its patients. In 2005, Dr. Seth Lerner, assisted by Dr. Philip Weber, performed the Hospital’s first robotic prostatectomy. Today, more than 95% of prostate surgeries in the US are done robotically, and over the past ten years the Hospital has expanded the use of robotic surgery to include cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal); partial nephrectomy (kidney sparing surgery for kidney cancer); female urologic and gynecologic surgeries such as hysterectomy, sacral colpopexy (prolapse repair) and pelvic floor reconstruction; colorectal surgery; head and neck cancer surgery and thoracic surgery- a total of nearly 2,500 robotic procedures overall. In addition to robotic surgery, White Plains Hospital surgeons are known throughout the region for their expertise in a variety of minimally invasive techniques including traditional laparoscopy, needleoscopy, and single site.

The da Vinci Xi System broadens the core da Vinci Surgical System features of wristed instruments, 3D high-definition visualization, intuitive motion, and an ergonomic design. The da Vinci Xi System’s key enhancements include:

  • A new overhead instrument arm architecture designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position;
  • A new endoscope digital architecture that creates a simpler, more compact design with improved visual definition and clarity;
  • An ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site;
  • Smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than ever before;
  • Longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater operative reach.

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About White Plains Hospital
White Plains Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the White Plains Hospital Cancer Program, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing nearly 57,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital also has outpatient medical facilities in Armonk and New Rochelle. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014 and 2016, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 5% of hospitals nationwide. White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System. For additional information, visit