Would you want a robot with four arms operating on your brain?

A fancy, new machine has landed in Utica and you can find it at St. Elizabeth Medical Campus.

attachment-St. Elizabeth Medical Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System

The Mohawk Valley Health System announced it installed a, which are capable of performing minimally invasive surgeries.

This is the second such device added by MVHS, with the other being located at St. Luke’s Campus. Both robots will eventually be brought to Wynn Hospital when it opens its doors on October 29.

What this means for CNY patients

Basically, the da Vinci Xi is designed to reduce the recovery time for certain procedures. As explained by MVHS:

The da Vinci surgical systems are designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery through high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view and robotic and computer assistance. They use specialized instrumentation, including a miniaturized surgical camera and wristed instruments (i.e., scissors, scalpels and forceps) that are designed to help with precise dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.

Courtesy of Mohawk Valley Health System
Courtesy of Mohawk Valley Health System

Mark Crye, MD, director of Thoracic Surgery, celebrated the practice's "new hire".

In terms of robotic surgeries, we’re able to do very complex operations through very small incisions. This allows patients to recover quickly, get out of the hospital sooner, and have as good or better outcomes as they would with open operations. We’re very excited to bring this opportunity to the patients in this area.

What can these robot doctors do?

These systems have been used to perform a variety of procedures, including prostatectomy, hernia repair, hysterectomy, lung transplants, GI surgery, ureteral reimplantation and more.

In addition to assisting with operations, the device has dual consoles so several doctors can use it at the same time.

When not in the OR, doctors can us it to hone their skills with SimNow, which is "a library of realistic simulations for practice of system skills, procedure training exercises and virtual reality experiences."

SimNow also measures performance and allows doctors to manage the development of their skills with customized curricula.

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Other food for thought

The da Vinci Xi robot is a product of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and is said to cost around $2 million.

In 2021, there were over 6,700 robots installed in hospitals across the globe. It's also believed that 75% of all U.S. prostate cancer surgeries are performed using a da Vinci system.

Check out this informational video below.

Will doctors be replaced by robots?

Of course, with all the talk over artificial intelligence threatening to take over several professions, it's natural to wonder if doctors are also on the list.

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Harvard looked into the matter and determined doctors are safe -- at least during our lifetime. If AI were to have any influence on their career, it would be to help improve their decisions, which would translate to better health.

So it seems the da Vinci machine is another step in that direction.

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