Temecula Valley Hospital Now Offers the da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgical System

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Janelle Skjervem, Director of Perioperative Services, and Dr. Francis A. Essien, General and Robotic Surgery, welcome the arrival of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System

Janelle Skjervem, Director of Perioperative Services, and Dr. Francis A. Essien, General and Robotic Surgery, welcome the arrival of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

Surgeons at Temecula Valley Hospital are now able to perform general and cardiothoracic surgical procedures using da Vinci® Xi Robotic Surgical System robotic-assisted technology. For general surgery, this includes procedures such as inguinal hernia surgery, cholecystectomy and colon resection. For cardiothoracic surgery, this includes lung resections and mitral valve repair.

The da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System is the latest in technology for versatility and flexibility. It enables surgeons to perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures with precision and accuracy. The system is an advanced robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offers an option to open surgery. It provides multi-quadrant access and is used for a variety of complex procedures.

The first case to use the da Vinci Xi system at Temecula Valley Hospital was performed earlier this month by Francis A. Essien, MD. “As a surgeon, the da Vinci Xi robot allows me to offer our patients expanded surgery options with the added benefits of safer operations with a faster recovery and less pain.* I am excited for the surgeons here at Temecula Valley Hospital, and the community at large, as it enables more patients to have access to minimally invasive surgery.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer our community this advanced option in minimally invasive surgery,” said Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital. “The da Vinci Xi robot is widely utilized in general surgery and we are proud to be the first in the region to offer cardiothoracic robotic surgery. Now our patients have more opportunities to choose TVH for their surgery.”

Minimally invasive robotic surgery at Temecula Valley Hospital can provide a wide range of benefits to patients compared to traditional surgery, including:*

  • Quicker recoveries
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities
  • Reduced scarring
  • Reduced pain and trauma to the body

Not all procedures can be performed robotically, and not all patients are candidates for procedures that can be performed robotically. The surgeon will decide if your procedure can be performed robotically.

*Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery or minimally invasive surgery are right for you.