Enhanced robotic surgery system coming to Memorial

“SAL” the Surgical Robot is about to be supplanted by a new, improved model at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Chief of Surgery Venkat Kolli, M.D., F.A.C.S., and Chief of Robotic Surgery Donna Feldman, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. have announced that the medical center will soon obtain a new daVinci® XI™ Surgical System. To be known as SAL II, the new system will represent a major upgrade over the daVinci® SI™ Surgical System that has been in use at Memorial since 2012.

“Over the past four years, the da Vinci Surgical System has afforded nearly 800 of our patients a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that reduces post-surgical complications, pain and bleeding while speeding up recovery time,” Dr. Kolli said. “The da Vinci Xi System has broader capabilities, can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for complex surgeries.”

“Many of our surgeons have been exposed to this new technology and have been very favorably impressed,” Dr. Feldman said. “As our surgeons are performing more and more robotic cases and fewer open surgeries, it certainly benefits our patients to implement this upgrade.”

The daVinci XI system will be a $1.9 million dollar investment in technology that includes enhanced patient safety through the use of Firefly™ Fluorescence Imaging, which provides surgeons with enhanced visualization during minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Company officials said the da Vinci Xi System was developed to further advance the technology used in minimally invasive surgery for complex diseases and conditions in gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac, and general surgery.

Memorial’s current robotic surgery system is dubbed SAL, which stands for Save A Life, and was named by then fifth-grader Gabriella Baratta in a countywide naming contest for schoolchildren.

Since its arrival, SAL has been used by specially trained surgeons to perform general surgery, including single incision gallbladder removal, and high end, often complex bariatric, colorectal, urological, obstetrical/gynecological and oncological/gynecological surgeries.