Robotic-assisted Surgery

CHI Health Good Samaritan offers the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical technology in central Nebraska and northern Kansas. Good Samaritan in Kearney, Nebraska is the first hospital in the region to offer the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System which has the latest features in minimally-invasive surgery, including:

  • A new overhead boom has four arms mounted that can rotate and pivot into virtually any position
  • A simpler endoscope design with highly-magnified 3D HD Vision ensures that surgeons can see the surgical site with true depth perception and crystal-clear vision
  • An ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site  
  • Smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than ever before 
  • Longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater operative reach

The da Vinci Xi is for patients undergoing these surgical procedures:

  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic
  • General surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Urology

How Robotic-assisted Surgery Works

Robotic-assisted surgery is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. It is performed through small incisions using fully articulating micro-instruments.

The da Vinci Xi surgical system consists of three main components: a patient side cart with four interactive robotic arms, an endoscopic camera and video system that transmits high-definition, three-dimensional images from inside the body, and a surgeon’s control console.

Better than 20/20 Vision

Sitting at the console a few feet from the operating table, the surgeon looks into viewfinder of the fiber optic imaging system and sees a three-dimensional high definition view of the surgical site that is magnified 10 times that of the naked eye, enabling a superior view of the anatomy. By comparison, most laparoscopic surgeries provide doctors with 4X magnification. The surgeon is easily able to reposition, zoom and rotate the camera to adjust to the field of vision from the console. The natural depth-of-field enables the surgeon to perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with superior dexterity, even in a very confined space.

Surgical Technique is Enhanced

Each movement of the surgeon's hands is translated into smooth, precise movements of the micro-instruments with extraordinary control, ambidextrous capability and full 360-degree range of motion.

Small Incisions

The small, precise instruments allow for delicate incisions and stitching not possible through other minimally-invasive techniques. The number of incisions used varies by procedure, but the significance lies in their size — an average of only one to two centimeters — or roughly the size of a dime. The system gives surgeons have the ability to perform many complex procedures — including prostate, heart and gynecological surgery. The size, precision and flexibility of instruments make the surgical system ideal for prostatectomy, because the prostate is closely surrounded by nerves responsible for preservation of sexual function and urinary continence.

The Robot Does Not Replace Your Surgeon

It is important to note that robotic-assisted surgery does not place a robot at the controls, your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery with its assistance. It cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon. It is essentially an extension of your surgeon's hands.

Proven Technology

Since the introduction of the first da Vinci System in 2000, it has been used successfully in millions of minimally invasive procedures performed world-wide. Its safety and efficacy have been documented in hundreds of clinical publications. The literature supporting da Vinci' s use is extensive, covering all surgical specialties where the System is used.


  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain after the surgery
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Less scarring & improved cosmetic healing
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities

And in many cases, better clinical outcomes. 

To learn more about robotic-assisted surgery at CHI Health Good Samaritan, call (308) 865-7990.