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Cayuga Medical Center adds robotic surgery system

By Eric Reinhardt


Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca says it has added the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system. The da Vinci system is “designed to enhance surgeon capabilities and advance minimally invasive procedures,” the hospital said in a news release. In this provided photo, Dr. Gregory Ripich operates the da Vinci Xi system. (Photo credit: Cayuga Health)

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) has added the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system, which is “designed to enhance surgeon capabilities and advance minimally invasive procedures.”

The da Vinci Xi was developed by Sunnyvale, California–based Intuitive, a company that’s described as the “pioneer” of robotic-assisted surgery, according to a CMC news release.

“We are extremely pleased to offer our patients the latest technology and advantages of robotic surgery,” Dr. Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Medical Center and Cayuga Health, said. “For many patients, robotic surgery is a better, safer option than open surgery, as studies have found that patients experience shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, fewer complications, less need for narcotic pain medicine and a faster recovery.”

The da Vinci Xi “offers advanced instrumentation, vision and features such as integrated table motion.” It is used for a “variety” of complex procedures.

“Surgeons will be able to perform numerous kinds of abdominal, gynecological, and urological operations. Specifically, surgeons can offer robotic-assisted hernia repair, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, anti-reflux surgery, gallbladder surgery, surgery of the small and large intestine, weight-loss surgery, prostate surgery, kidney surgery, and surgery of the ovaries and uterus,” Dr. Gregory Ripich said in the release.

About Cayuga Health

Ithaca–based Cayuga Health (CH) has two hospitals, Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, along with Cayuga Medical Associates, a multi-specialty group. Its combined employee count, including affiliated organizations, is more than 2,200. Cayuga Health is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park for cancer services, and the University of Rochester for neurosciences. It has also teamed up with Family Health Network of Central New York to “enhance” care in the region.

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