The new da Vinci SI system boasts enhanced 3-D capability and an optional dual console that allows a second surgeon to provide assistance. New ergonomic settings and a simplified user interface also have been added for greater surgeon comfort and to enhance operating room efficiency, according to Lancaster Regional.
“This acquisition complements LRMC’s dual goals of extending minimally invasive surgery to the broadest possible base of patients and providing our community access to the latest advancements in surgical technology,” Bob Moore, the hospital’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.
Since the new system went live April 25, it has been used for 34 procedures, said Danielle Gilmore, director of marketing.
Overall, the da Vinci system, which LRMC started using in 2005, continues to sweep the nation and the rest of the world. Pennsylvania ranks sixth for the most da Vinci systems in the country with 60, according to the website of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Intuitive Surgical Inc., the system’s manufacturer.
Florida tops the list with 109 of the 1,344 systems nationwide.
Health care providers across the region — from Holy Spirit Health System in East Pennsboro Township and York Township-based WellSpan Health to Harrisburg-based PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center — use da Vinci.
A robot typically costs between $1 million to $2.3 million, according to the manufacturer. Additional instruments cost as much as $1,300 to $2,200 apiece.