(Napa, Calif. – December 13, 2016) St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley Medical Center is excited to offer
patients a new, minimally-invasive option for certain gynecological, urological
and general surgeries using the latest technology in robotic surgery, the
da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. The
da Vinci Xi system replaces the existing robotic and minimally invasive technology
that has been in place at Queen of the Valley for the past decade. Funding
for the system was provided through donations from Napa community members
to the Queen of the Valley Foundation.
Edward Chough, MD, general surgeon and head of Queen of the Valley’s
robotics committee, recently performed the first procedure using the new
robotic system. His patient, Daniel Young of Napa, had endured a large
incarcerated ventral hernia, which means his intestines and other abdominal
contents were pushing into a weakened area of the abdominal wall, forming
a balloon-like sac.
Dr. Chough nimbly maneuvered the
da Vinci Xi robot’s thin arms and closed the weakened tissue, reinforcing the
area with mesh. The robot’s newly designed joints offer physicians
like Dr. Chough a fuller range of motion than is possible with the human hand.
“This minimally invasive technology offers smaller and fewer incisions,
allowing patients to recover faster,” said Dr. Chough. “Dan’s
operation was very successful. Not only was he able to return home less
than two hours after the procedure, he was able to play in the Napa Valley
Country Club Turkey Shoot less than 3 weeks after surgery. That would
have been absolutely impossible without this technology."
“I couldn’t have been happier with the procedure. It was seamless.
From the nurses to the doctors, everyone on my care team did a great job,”
said Young. “The incisions, only about an inch in length, are already
beginning to disappear. I love to golf and I was able to play in a tournament
just a few weeks later.”
According to Dr. Chough, the
da Vinci Xi improves the surgeon’s dexterity and visibility. The arms mount
onto a new and improved overhead boom which can pivot in any direction,
allowing the surgeon to explore other areas of the body, if needed, without
scheduling a separate surgery. The endoscope, which attaches to any of
the robot’s four arms, displays a high-definition, 3D image, enhancing
the surgeon’s vision into the inside of the body.
“The results our physicians have seen using the
da Vinci systems have been outstanding. This new system will only enhance and expand
our medical staff’s capabilities, ensuring our neighbors continue
to have access to cutting-edge care, close to home,” said Larry
Coomes, Interim Chief Executive.
Dr. Chough is one of several surgeons on Queen of the Valley’s medical
staff who are trained to use the new
Xi platform. To date, more than 46 surgeries have been performed, including
removal of a prostate or kidney, hysterectomy, gallbladder removal and
hernia repair. In the Bay Area, only 16 of 38 da Vinci systems offer the
new Xi technology; Queen of the Valley is the only robotics program with
da Vinci Xi technology in Napa/Solano counties. For more information, visit
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded
by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health
care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services
provided include a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center,
a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College
of Surgeons, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, maternity and infant
care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, and full-service
emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information
about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at