Medical City Arlington August 16, 2017

First patient travels 170 miles for specialized surgery

An Abilene woman says she has a new lease on life, thanks to Medical City Arlington. Irene Grant had been suffering for nearly a year from pelvic organ prolapse, a condition that prevented her from doing many of the activities she enjoys. Grant and her husband travelled 170 miles to Arlington to receive the life-changing surgery she needed. She had a robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System, becoming the first patient at the hospital to utilize this leading edge technology.

“The pain was constant and had become unbearable, so it’s amazing how great I feel already just a few hours after the surgery,” said Grant. “I’m grateful to be able to celebrate my birthday and anniversary like this. The trip was definitely worth it!”

Grant had the procedure on her birthday and went home on her wedding anniversary – the very next day.

Medical City Arlington is the first hospital in southeast Tarrant County, including Arlington, Mansfield and Grand Prairie, to acquire the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System. The robotic technology offers patients minimally-invasive surgery with greater precision.

“As we continue our focus on being the number one hospital of choice for physicians and patients in the community, the acquisition of this new technology is another example of our unwavering commitment to healthcare excellence,” said Keith Zimmerman, CEO of Medical City Arlington.

Medical City Arlington began using da Vinci® surgical technology in 2012. Since then, the hospital has performed more than 1,600 robotic surgeries, nearly 300 were done in 2016.

Compared to prior da Vinci® Systems, the da Vinci Xi® system's key features include:

  • A new overhead instrument arm to allow anatomical access from virtually any position.
  • A new endoscope digital architecture that creates a simple, more compact design with improved visual definition and clarity.
  • Ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site.
  • Smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion.
  • Longer instrument shafts for greater operative reach.

The newer system provides surgeons with superior visualization, enhanced dexterity, greater precision and ergonomic comfort compared to other surgical approaches. It allows skilled surgeons to perform surgical procedures for complex diseases and conditions across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures, including:

  • General surgery
  • Urology
  • Thoracic
  • Bariatric
  • Gynecology

Steven Seligman, MD, specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. He became the first physician to use the new da Vinci Xi® system at Medical City Arlington. Dr. Seligman performed the surgery that gave Grant her livelihood back.

”I’m proud to report the first procedure on the new robotic surgery system was a success and the patient is doing exceptionally well,” said Dr. Seligman. “The Medical City Arlington surgical team did an outstanding job and we look forward to offering more patients the latest advancement for a better surgical experience.”