AUSTIN, Texas — In late March, Devin Garza, M.D., a surgeon at the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center was the first general gynecologist in the U.S. to perform a single-site hysterectomy using the new da Vinci Xi Single-Site Surgical System days after approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Garza performed the procedure—which involves the removal of a woman’s uterus—on two patients following recent approval of this revolutionary platform. The system enables surgeons, in many cases, to remove a woman's uterus via access through an incision in the navel that is approximately two centimeters in length. This gives many women the option to have their robotic hysterectomy performed in a more cosmetic approach.

Additionally, Francis Buzad, M.D., was the first general surgeon in Texas and among the first in the nation to perform a robotic single-site laparoscopic cholecystectomy on the da Vinci Xi platform to remove a patient’s gallbladder. The new technology allows surgeons to better visualize the patient’s anatomy, therefore improving the precision and efficiency of the procedure, and reducing recovery time and the potential risk for complications.

“The new Xi single-site platform provides an increased range of motion, easier setup and improved vision for an overall better surgical experience for the surgeon and patient,” Thomas Payne, M.D., medical director of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, said. “These procedures are among a long, growing list of ‘first in the nation’ cases for our surgeons affiliated with the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery.”

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 United States. 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, 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