West Houston Medical Center September 29, 2014

HOUSTON, TX — HCA affiliated West Houston Medical Center (WHMC), in collaboration with the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, announced today that it performed the city of Houston’s first radical prostatectomy using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Dr. Steven Maislos, Medical Director of WHMC’s da Vinci program, performed this robotic surgery on September 25th, in conjunction with national prostate cancer awareness month.

“I am thrilled to bring the advanced da Vinci Xi Surgical System technology to West Houston Medical Center and our community. I am very excited our surgeons have the opportunity to provide state-of-the art minimally invasive surgical care to our patients,” said Todd Caliva, Chief Executive Officer of West Houston Medical Center.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System can be used across a spectrum of minimally-invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery. Robotic surgery is performed through a few small incisions by the surgeon who is seated at an ergonomically designed console. As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic-assisted da Vinci System, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The view of the surgical field is transmitted in 3D HD vision through a camera that is inserted into one of the tiny incisions. The 3D HD view can be magnified up to 10 times, giving surgeons a picture of the field that they otherwise would not have if they were performing traditional surgery.  The robot also features instruments designed with seven degrees of motion – a range of motion greater than the human wrist. The enhanced view of the field coupled with the dexterous, delicate instruments allow for a shorter recovery time, less tissue damage, less post-operative pain and less risk of infection.

“The new da Vinci Xi is truly an amazing addition to the line-up,” says Dr. Maislos. “There are several improvements, but the most noticeable to me is the enhanced visualization. Da Vinci robots have always offered superior vision, but on the Xi, I am able to see anatomy and landmarks like I have never seen them before. I believe this lends to a safer procedure and a better outcome for my patients. I am really excited about the da Vinci Xi.”

WHMC is the fourth hospital in the greater Houston area to acquire the advanced da Vinci Xi Surgical System. To learn more about whether you, or someone you know, could benefit from the WHMC robotic surgical system, please consult your physician or call 1-888-MDS-WHMC (637-9462) for a physician referral.

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About West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center is a full-service hospital serving the West Houston community for nearly 30 years.  This Joint Commission accredited facility provides a range of care including:  emergency services; neurosurgery services; inpatient and outpatient surgery, rehabilitation and diagnostic services; bariatric/weight loss surgery; senior care; wound care; sleep disorder services; cardiovascular care, women’s services and more. WHMC is recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, a Certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, and a recipient of the TMF Quality Improvement Award.  Under an affiliation agreement with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, WHMC brings to its community The Woman’s Hospital of Texas at West Houston.  The facility is also home to The Heart Hospital at West Houston, a 3 story cardiac and critical care tower.  In Sugar Land, the Sugar Land Cancer Center and the Sugar Land Diagnostic Center are located on the Southwest Freeway at the Williams Trace and Sugar Lakes exit.  In Richmond/Katy, West Houston Medical Center 24 Hour Emergency Center is located at Westpark Tollway and the Grand Parkway and provides 24 hour emergency and outpatient imaging services. The diagnostic center, cancer center, and emergency center facilities are departments of West Houston Medical Center. Visit us at www.WestHoustonMedical.com

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 12 hospitals, 8 ambulatory surgery centers, 14 diagnostic imaging facilities, 8 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center, which provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.

About Intuitive Surgical Inc.

The da Vinci Surgical System and the Skills Simulator are developed by Intuitive Surgical Inc. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. The company’s da Vinci Surgical System offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision compared to traditional surgical approaches. More than 500,000 patients worldwide affected by a range of conditions have had a da Vinci procedure. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even complex procedures such as open-heart surgery through 1-2 cm incisions. Founded in 1995, Intuitive Surgical has more than 1,300 employees in offices around the world.