Print Edition

  Email News Updates

MVHS deploys da Vinci Xi surgical system

By Eric Reinhardt


Dr. Jonathan Blancaflor, director of robotic surgery at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) on April 22 completed the system’s first surgery using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system, per an MVHS news release. In this photo, Blancaflor is in the operating room at MVHS’s St. Elizabeth campus. (Photo provided by Mohawk Valley Health System)

UTICA, N.Y. — The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) says it has purchased and is using the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system.

That’s in addition to the da Vinci Si robot, which the health system acquired in 2017, per a Monday news release.

MVHS didn’t say how much it paid for the da Vinci Xi or how it financed the purchase.

Dr. Jonathan Blancaflor, director of robotic surgery at MVHS, on April 22 completed the first surgery at MVHS with the da Vinci Xi. The procedure “would not have been possible without this specialized robotic device,” Blancaflor said in the MVHS news release.

How it works

The da Vinci Xi surgical system has a motion-integrated table that communicates with the robot and allows the surgeon to position the patient during the procedure, MVHS said.

The da Vinci Xi provides a new overhead instrument and is designed to “facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position,” it added. It also has a new endoscope that creates a “simpler, more compact design with improved vision definition and clarity.” The robot provides the ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing “flexibility” for visualizing the surgical site and has smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a “greater range of motion than ever before,” per the release.

Patients that benefit from robotic surgery include those with hernias, colon cancer, and urological issues, MVHS said.

“The da Vinci Xi allows our surgeons to perform even more complex procedures and show our community that their medical needs can be met right here at home,” Darlene Stromstad, president and CEO of MVHS, said.

Contact Reinhardt at