MVHS acquires new surgical system


UTICA — Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has acquired the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system, in addition to the da Vinci Si robot acquired in 2017.

Surgeons at MVHS use the da Vinci Si for urological, gynecological, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery procedures. The Xi robot will allow for the MVHS Robotics Department to expand and allow more patients to recieve state-of-the-art care.

Jonathan Blancaflor, MD, director of Robotic Surgery at MVHS, successfully completed the first surgery at the hospital with the Xi robot on April 22.

“The surgery went smoothly and the team handled it flawlessly,” Blancaflor said. “This system is a great example of how the advancement of technology will allow us to do amazing things for our patients.”

The Xi system has a motion-integrated table that communicates with the robot and allows the surgeon to position the patient dynamically during the procedure.

It also provides a new overhead intrument arm architecture designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position, and has a new endoscope that creates a simpler, more compact design with improved vision definition and clarity. The robot provides the ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site and has smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than ever before.

“The acquisition of this new robot is a perfect example of the many ways MVHS is bringing advanced medicine and innovation to our region,” said Darlene Stromstad, MVHS president and CEO.

“The da Vinci Xi allows our surgeons to perform even more complex procedures and show our community that their medical needs can be met right here at home.”

Patients that benefit from robotic surgery include those with hernias, colon cancer, and urological issues.

For more information on the da Vinci Xi system at MVHS, visit


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