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Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan brings latest technology to surgical department

Manhattan's new da vinci surgical robot

Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan is keeping up with the latest technologies in surgery with the delivery of its second da Vinci surgical robot last week.

The new Xi model is a fourth generation model, which comes with enhancements and improvements in mobility, 3-D visuals and increased capabilities, said Bob Copple, president of Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

“We are committed to bringing the best technology to Manhattan,” he said. “Thanks to the support our Via Christi and Ascension leadership, we are able to bring this $1.6 million surgical robot to our community.

This purchase is an investment in this community and will allow a greater number of patients to experience quicker recovery times and to ensure our friends, families and neighbors can receive top-of-the-line care right here in Manhattan,” Copple added.

Hank Doering, MD, general surgeon and president of Ascension Via Christi Hospital’s medical executive committee, added that local surgeons will begin using the da Vinci Xi as early as this week.

“The new Xi robot at Via Christi will allow the surgeons using it to perform more complex surgical procedures with the robotic technology because the Xi platform allows for more flexibility to operate in multiple areas of the abdominal cavity,” he explained. “This allows us to further apply the advantages such as 3D visualization and articulating instrumentation that robotic surgery has over traditional laparoscopic surgery to complex surgical procedures.  

“By broadening the application of robotic surgery, we will continue to decrease the number of 'open' surgical procedures that are done,” Doering continued. “One of the many advantages this technology provides for the surgical patients at Ascension Via Christi Hospital will be a quicker recovery.”

Ascension Via Christi Hospital offers robotic surgeries for general surgery as well as urological and gynecological procedures, Doering added.

For more information about Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan’s Surgical Department, click here.


About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.