AUSTIN, Texas—The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery (TIRS) at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is among the nation’s first facilities to perform colorectal procedures using a robotic device called the da Vinci EndoWrist Vessel Sealer Extend. The device is designed for colorectal, bariatric, gynecological and general surgeries.

This recent groundbreaking surgery was performed by TIRS Epicenter surgeon Dr. Thiru V. Lakshman.

The EndoWrist Vessel Sealer Extend is modeled after the human hand and is used to cauterize and divide the bowel and surrounding tissue during colorectal surgeries. Similar to human tendons, the instrument’s internal cables provide maximum responsiveness, allowing rapid and precise dissection and tissue manipulation.

“This new robotic platform provides surgeons with increased dexterity, autonomy and range of motion,” Dr. Thomas Payne, executive medical director of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, said. “This device underscores the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery’s commitment to providing patients with the highest level of surgical care using the most advanced minimally invasive surgical options."

The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery—an international treatment, training and research center that combines excellence in robotic-assisted surgery and outcomes with education and training—was launched in March 2011. It houses the world’s largest collective intelligence on robotic surgery, bringing together information on quality, performance and cost from nearly 100 hospitals across the U.S. It also features an educational epicenter designed to teach best practices to hospital leadership, surgeons and surgical teams involved in the delivery of robotic-assisted surgery.

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a 424-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility 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. The facility also features 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. St. David’s Surgical Hospital, which opened in October 2016, is a campus of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.