Robotic Surgery Center

CHI Health St. Elizabeth offers the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical technology available. St. Elizabeth was one of the first hospitals in the region to offer the da Vinci Si® Surgical System, and we are proud to offer the latest features in minimally-invasive surgery by adding the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System. These features include:

  • 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.

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