Methodist Hospital in North San Antonio is one of 14 U.S. hospitals initially chosen to receive the da Vinci 5, the latest generation of robotics surgical technology.

The background

According to a May 17 news release, the da Vinci 5 surgical robot, developed by the company Intuitive Surgical, offers advancements, such as tissue-sensing technology, enhanced tremor and vibration controls, and improved computing power and 3D imaging compared with previous generations of the da Vinci robotic surgery platform.

Methodist Hospital officials said, with the da Vinci 5, surgeons will be able to perform more complex procedures through less-invasive techniques, using smaller incisions than with traditional surgery.

As a result, Methodist Hospital representatives said patients have a lower risk of surgical complications, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and recovery times, and decreased post-operative pain.

The release stated Methodist Hospital's physicians developed a robotics program that has reduced procedure times for cases such as hernia repair, gall bladder removal and hysterectomy, resulting in less time for patients under anesthesia.

What they’re saying

Ryan Simpson, CEO of the Methodist Hospital campus and Methodist Hospital Landmark, said he and fellow Methodist Healthcare leaders are honored to be among the first hospitals able to offer the newest level of da Vinci robotic surgical technology.

“This furthers our ability to deliver the highest quality outcomes to our patients in service of our mission to bring exceptional health care services to South Texas,” Simpson said in a statement.

Dr. Antonio Santillan, chief of robotics for Methodist Hospital, recently performed the first procedure ever done in San Antonio using this new robotics technology, according to the release.

“This is a very exciting advancement for our program and reiterates our commitment to excellence in patient care and technological advancement,” Santillan said in a statement. “Methodist Hospital is revolutionizing health care delivery through the integration of the latest in robotics.”