Grand Island CHI Health General Surgery welcomes new robot

Dr. Anton Simorov said the new surgical robot could allow for more precise operations.
Dr. Anton Simorov said the new surgical robot could allow for more precise operations.(CHI Health St. Francis (Grand Island))
Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 8:38 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - In May 2021, CHI Health Clinic General Surgery opened its doors. Most recently, a robot was installed in one of their seven operating rooms.

Around two weeks ago, the da Vinci XI Surgical System made its debut at the surgery center.

One of the surgeons, Dr. Anton Simorov had been training on the new device. He said, the robot would allow for more precise operations.

“Your wrist has, what we call, certain degrees of freedom, you can flex it, bend it, you know, reach certain things with an open surgery,” Simorov said. “With the robot, there’s a lot more degrees of freedom, so you can, not only have smaller instruments inside of somebody’s abdomen, but you have a lot more freedom what you can do with it.”

The robot is nicknamed ‘Surgio,’ which was submitted by Central City High School.

Simorov said Surgio can help to reach certain places in the abdomen that are more difficult to access by hand.

“For example, the spleen on the left side is kind of tucked away inside of the abdomen, very hard to get to,” he noted. “With the robot, with a superior camera — which actually has a 3D view, you can get to it very efficiently, perform all kinds of precise surgery.”

Simorov added, the robot can make incisions as little as 8-millimeters.

Anissa Paitz, public relations director for CHI Health St. Francis said they were looking to begin using this new device within the next several weeks.

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