Citrus Memorial Hospital February 07, 2019

Citrus Memorial Hospital today announced the completion of its first surgical case using a highly advanced robotic surgery system. The surgery — a sleeve gastrectomy — was performed by general surgeon Dr. Parth Patel.

"Since acquiring our first surgical robot last year it has become clear there is a strong demand for the development of a robust robotics program," said Citrus Memorial Hospital CEO Ralph Aleman. "The purchase of this daVinci Xi surgical robot is the next logical step in building our fleet and meeting the demands of our surgeons, staff, patients and community."

By enabling efficient access throughout the abdomen or chest the hospital's newly acquired daVinci Xi robot features wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion and ergonomic design. The surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted system, which translates hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient's body.

"As a result of extensive preparation and training, our first case on the daVinci Xi went extremely well," said Dr. Parth Patel. "The 360 degree articulation makes the equipment easier for physicians to use and causes less fatigue. This will provide patients with the safest possible surgery experience and is beneficial for some of our more complex cases like hiatal hernias and bariatric surgeries."

According to Citrus Memorial Hospital Chief of Surgery Dr. Marc Fernandez the additional robot is an excellent complement to the existing robotic surgery program. "The robots provide a framework that will carry surgical care at the hospital into the future," he said. "I'm excited to see this program grow as we continue to provide innovative treatment options for our patients."

Citrus Memorial Hospital will perform a variety of general, urologic and gynecologic procedures on the daVinci Xi robot.