AUSTIN, Texas- The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the nation to perform colorectal procedures using the new daVinci® Endo Wrist® Stapler. "This new robotic stapling platform provides surgeons with increased dexterity, autonomy and range of motion," Thomas Payne, M.D., 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 technology."

The Endo Wrist® Stapler is a robotic device, modeled after the human hand, that is used to sever and divide the bowel during colorectal surgeries. Similar to human tendons, the instrument's internal cables provide maximum responsiveness, allowing rapid and precise suturing, dissection and tissue manipulation. It is designed for colorectal, bariatric and general surgeries.

The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery was selected to be among the first in the nation to use this new platform. Thiru Lakshman M.D., a colorectal surgeon with St. David's North Austin Medical Center and one of the few surgeons in the country selected to use this device on a trial basis, recently performed four procedures with the Endo Wrist® Stapler. It will become available to physicians in other parts of the United States in the coming months.

The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center was launched in March 2011. It features an educational epicenter teaching best practices for hospital leadership, surgeons and surgical teams involved in the delivery of robotic-assisted da Vinci surgery. The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery is an international treatment, training and research center that combines excellence in robotic-assisted surgery and outcomes with education and training.

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 in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The 332-bed multi­specialty, 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, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. In 2012 and 2013, 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 (formerly Thomson Reuters) in 2012 and 2013. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.