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Wesley Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in South-Central Kansas to Offer New da Vinci® Xi– Surgical System

Wesley Medical Center June 29, 2015

WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center is the first and only hospital in south-central Kansas and the second hospital in the state to offer the newest and most advanced da Vinci Surgical System.

The $2.2M da Vinci Xi is a technological leap forward in replacing traditional, large-incision abdominal surgeries with a minimally invasive approach. Wesley is one of only 200 hospitals in the world offering the Xi Surgical System.

“As a leader in da Vinci technology, we are excited to be the first hospital in the region with this next generation robotically assisted surgical system,” said Kevin Fitzpatrick, Wesley’s vice president of surgical services. “This state-of-the-art technology will help our highly skilled surgeons continue to deliver the expert surgical care for which Wesley is known.”

The Xi system further advances the technology used in minimally invasive surgery for complex diseases and conditions in gynecologic, urologic, thoracic, cardiac and general surgeries.

“For the patient, surgery with da Vinci means lower blood loss, a quicker return to physical functions and a normal diet, and a shorter hospital stay,” said Dr. Michael Porter, MD, a colorectal surgeon with Wichita Surgical Specialists. “It also means resuming normal activities much quicker than with traditional surgery.

“And for me as a surgeon, it provides unparalleled clarity and precision.”

A key feature of the new da Vinci system is an overhead instrument arm designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position.

“We can now move among all quadrants of the abdomen during a procedure with this new unit,” Dr. Porter said. “We are able to do larger and more complex operations, moving within the abdomen and not having to change the arms of the unit. And the camera on this new unit is exceptional.”

The Xi’s immersive 3D, high-definition vision system can be magnified up to 10 ten times, providing surgeons a highly detailed view of the surgery. The da Vinci instruments also have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist, allowing surgeons to make small, precise movements inside the body.

Celebrating its 5,000 da Vinci surgery this Aug, Wesley will now have four da Vinci surgical systems, three at its main campus and one at Galichia Heart Hospital.

“The Xi is amazing not because of a single new innovation, but through dozens of small improvements made throughout the system based upon surgeon feedback,” Fitzpatrick said. “The previous model is a wonderful surgical device that will continue to be utilized, but the Xi provides a new surgical option for our more complex cases.”

Wesley will perform its first surgery case with the Xi system this July.

For more information about the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, visit www.intuitivesurgical.com. For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its surgical services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Galichia ER and the region’s only pediatric ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

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