The University of Missouri Health Care surgeons are the first health system in mid-Missouri to offer robotic minimally invasive surgery. The new da Vinci Xi Surgical System at the University Hospital is one of two surgical systems in Missouri and the only one in central Missouri.

The new da Vinci robot will be used for minimally invasive surgeries for complex diseases and conditions in colorectal, gynecologic oncology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and other general surgeries. The new da Vinci robot will assist MU surgeons in performing these complex minimally invasive procedures with better precision and control.

Naveen Pokala, M.D. and assistant professor of urology, performed the first surgery using the da Vinci Xi surgical system to remove a cancerous tumor from the kidney.

“Robotic surgery brings many benefits to patients compared to traditional open surgery,” Pokala said. “Patients can expect tiny incisions, minimal scarring, shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, a reduced risk of infection and a quicker return to normal daily activities.”

For more information regarding the da Vinci Xi surgical system, please visit muhealth.org

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