Menorah Medical Center
September 03, 2014

Benyamine Mizrahi, MD

Menorah Medical Center (MMC) — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider — is the first hospital in Kansas City and one of the first across the globe to receive the newest and most advanced da Vinci Xi Surgical System.  The system is a technological leap forward in replacing large-incision abdominal surgeries (open surgery) with a minimally invasive approach and offers three-dimensional, high-definition visualization, which allows enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control for the surgeon during complex, multi-quadrant surgeries. 

Menorah Medical Center board-certified Colorectal Surgeons Lina O’Brien, MD and Benyamine Mizrahi, MD, will be the first in Kansas City to perform colorectal procedures on the da Vinci Xi on Sept. 8, 2014 at the hospital in Overland Park.

The da Vinci Xi 3D-HD image can be magnified up to 10 times, allowing a surgeon an unprecedented close-up view of the area being operated on. The Xi expands upon da Vinci’s signature core instruments, including mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist, allowing surgeons to make small, precise movements inside the body. For more than a decade, da Vinci Surgical Systems have provided patients with a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that reduces many of the costs and complications associated with open procedures, with more than 1.5 million procedures performed. 

The new da Vinci Xi System further advances the technology used in minimally invasive surgery for complex diseases and conditions in gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac, and general surgery. Features of the da Vinci include new overhead instrument arm designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position; a new endoscope digital architecture that creates a simpler, more compact design with improved visual definition and clarity; and an ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site.

“As a leader in Kansas City in offering da Vinci technology, we are excited to be the first in the region with the next generation surgical system as part of our continued effort to offer significant surgical advancements to our community,” says Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Medical Center. “Our highly skilled surgeons are honored to be among the first in the world to utilize this truly amazing state-of-the-art technology.”

“The da Vinci Xi System’s new overhead architecture means that multi-quadrant surgery can be performed without repositioning the system, an innovation surgeons who perform complex procedures have long sought,” says Dr. Mizrahi.  “The da Vinci is the most advanced, least invasive option forsurgery, and is allowing minimally invasive surgery to become the standard of care.”

“For the patient, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System will mean low blood loss, a quicker return to physical functions and a normal diet, along with a shorter hospital stay,” says Dr. O’Brien.  “It also means resuming normal activities much quicker than with traditional colorectal surgery. For me as a surgeon, it provides unparalleled clarity and precision.”