Heritage Valley Health System Adds da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgery System at Beaver and Sewickley Hospitals

March 02, 2018

Robot will be on display at the Heritage Valley Health System
What’s on Your Plate? Health and Wellness Expo on March 10, 2018 at the CCBC Dome

Heritage Valley Health System announces the addition of the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System, an innovative tool that utilizes advanced robotic computer and optical technologies to assist surgeons in a variety of procedures.  This state-of-the-art da Vinci Xi system is a sophisticated surgical platform designed to facilitate complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach, is newly offered at Heritage Valley Beaver and an upgrade to an earlier da Vinci system model at Heritage Valley Sewickley.  A mobile version of the system will be on display for the public at the Heritage Valley sponsored What’s On Your Plate? Health and Wellness Expo, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) Dome.

The da Vinci® Xi Surgical System allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny incisions and provides them with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. The surgeon controls the da Vinci® Xi System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. Though it is often called a “robot,” the da Vinci® Xi System cannot act on its own - surgery is performed 100% by the physician.   As a result, patients may get back to their lives faster ― without the usual recovery following major surgery.

Several Heritage Valley physicians have been certified to use the new technology. At the Expo on March 10th, the following surgeons will be at the robotic surgery booth and available to demonstrate and discuss the advantages that this innovative technology provides:

10 a.m. – Dr. Eric Boyle, HVMG Surgical Associates

11 a.m. – Dr. Patricia Vigder, Tri-State OB/GYN

12 p.m. – Dr. Benedict Leung, HVMG Surgical Associates

1 p.m.  − Dr. Sara Roper, Tri-State OB/GYN

“For appropriate cases, the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System is a remarkable improvement over conventional surgery,” said Kathy Harley, vice president and chief nursing officer, Surgical & Procedural Services at Heritage Valley Health System.  “By providing surgeons with superior vision, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort, the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System makes it possible for more surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures involving complex and delicate dissection or reconstruction.”

The enabling features of the da Vinci® Xi System raise the standard of care for complex surgeries. Complex conditions like cancers of the prostate, cervix, uterus, lung, colon/rectum, as well as heart disease and fibroid tumors can now be treated minimally invasively with da Vinci® Xi Surgery. There are many potential benefits for patients when comparing da Vinci® Xi Surgery to traditional open surgery, including shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, less pain, faster recovery and smaller incisions for minimal scarring. 

At Heritage Valley, the da Vinci® Xi System will initially be used in several surgical specialties including Urology, Gynecology and General Surgery.  “Our surgeons are excited to add the newly refined da Vinci® Xi System to our services and capabilities, which can lead to outcomes that minimize surgical complications, minimize pain after the surgery and greatly improve recovery time,” added Harley.

The da Vinci® Xi Surgical System on public display at the Heritage Valley sponsored What’s On Your Plate? Health and Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at the CCBC Dome will include demonstrations of robotic surgical approaches and techniques.  Representatives will be on site to discuss how the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System can help avoid large incisions and lengthy hospital stays, minimize narcotics and get patients back to their lives more quickly and easily.  The Expo is free and open to the public.  


About Heritage Valley Health System

Heritage Valley Health System is a $480 million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with 3,500 employees and more than 480 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver; in 60 physician offices; and 18 community satellite facilities.  For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.