VENTURA, Calif. - A new robot used to perform surgeries at the Ventura County Medical Center is changing the game of medicine.
The Da Vinci XI is used for surgeries including general, bariatric, gynecologic and thoracic. It allows doctors to control surgery using their arms to maneuver the robot.
Since doctors started using the Da Vinci XI in September, they have been able to preform more than 30 surgeries.
Robotics Director, Doctor Barry Sanchez says that most of these surgeries would not be possible without the Da Vinci.
“The robotic platform docks onto the patient and the surgeon then sits in the corner and controls the arms,” said Sanchez. “That allows us to do all six degrees of freedom of our wrists and our hands and what we would normally do in an open operation but now minimally invasive.”
The Da Vinci XI comes at a hefty price tag of two and a half million dollars.