AUSTIN, Texas — On Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, surgeons at the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center successfully completed the first robotic surgery combining the da Vinci® Xi® Surgical System with Trumpf Medical’s advanced operating table, the TruSystem® 7000dV.

Thiru Lakshman, M.D., colorectal surgeon at the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, performed a total proctocolectomy utilizing Integrated Table Motion technology, which seamlessly combines the da Vinci Xi Surgical System and the TruSystem 7000dV to allow surgeons the ability to make a comprehensive range of table adjustments easily and efficiently during a surgical procedure.

This computer-assisted connection allows the patient and the bed to move in perfect unison with the surgeon’s direction during complex cases without interruptions.

“This is the next logical step toward performing minimally invasive robotic surgery that provides surgeons an improved ability to navigate complex procedures,” Thomas N. Payne, M.D., executive medical director of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, said. “Advancements in robotic surgery continue at a rapid pace, and St. David’s HealthCare is at the forefront of that growth.”

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System and TruSystem 7000dV table are synchronized in movement — the table’s positioning is relayed to the da Vinci Surgical System and is met with an intuitive adjustment of its instrument arms, boom and endoscope to maintain consistent orientation to the patient’s anatomy. This innovation transforms a traditionally static OR table in robotic-assisted procedures into an active partner for the surgeon.

Integrated Table Motion for the da Vinci Xi Surgical System was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January 2016.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, located at 12221 North Mopac Expressway, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership—in 2014 and recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics in 2012. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s Hospital, which opened in December 2014. In 2012, 2013 and 2015, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. St. David's North Austin Medical Center was named among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics for three consecutive years, from 2012 to 2014. For more information, please visit