Tampa, FL – (March 24, 2015) – Memorial Hospital of Tampa, an HCA affiliate, announces it is the first hospital in Tampa to perform robotic assisted surgery using the newest da Vinci Xi® system.  This system allows for “multi-quadrant” surgeries where the instruments must be able to reach from the pelvis to the chest.  Previous versions of the da Vinci® system require the patient or robot to be repositioned during surgery, which increases surgical time.  However, utilizing the da Vinci Xi® robotic system, surgeons now have anatomical access from virtually any position, often eliminating the need for repositioning.  This in turn can benefit patients by reducing the time they are under anesthesia.

The robotic platform is used for a variety of surgical procedures including gallbladder removal, hernia repair, colorectal procedures, gynecological surgeries such as hysterectomies, urological procedures such as prostatectomies, and weight loss surgery procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy.

Richard DiCicco, M.D., is a General & Bariatric Surgeon who performs robotic-assisted bariatric surgery at Memorial Hospital.  “The robotic system enables me to see a three-dimensional view with 10 times the magnification of normal vision” says DiCicco.  “This allows for a more controlled, precise operation.”

“To be on the forefront of this technically advanced surgery is an example of our commitment to deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare within the community we serve,” said Ward Boston, CEO of Memorial Hospital.

For media opportunities to observe a robotic demonstration or more information regarding Memorial Hospital of Tampa’s robotic surgical services,  please visit www.MemorialHospitalTampa.com or contact Cindy Cucuz, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at (813) 873-6455.