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Monument Health Unveils New Xi Surgical Robot

Monument Health Unveils New Xi Surgical Robot
RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 17, 2018) Monument Health has selected the new da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system to enhance patient experience and reduce recovery times for patients across the Black Hills. The first procedure on the da Vinci Xi took place today, Monday, Sept. 17, at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital. The da Vinci Xi will be the second surgical robot utilized at Rapid City Hospital.

“With this introduction of the da Vinci Xi, we will better serve our patients and grow the robotics program across the Black Hills,” says Patrick Kenney, D.O., M.A., F.A.C.S., Robotics Surgery Program Director. “Operating on the new Xi robot is taking surgery to the next level in our region, representing the latest in robotics technology.”

Modern robotic surgery, in the hands of a skilled surgeon, can perform complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than is possible via conventional surgery. And because robotic surgery requires minimal incisions, patients experience less trauma to the body, minimal scarring and faster recovery time.

The da Vinci Xi system expands on core da Vinci system features, including wristed instruments, 3D-HD visualization, intuitive motion and an ergonomic design.

“The ability to have the da Vinci Xi here in Rapid City is monumental,” said Dr. David Fromm, local surgeon. “This will help me offer my patients minimally invasive surgery options for a range of procedures.”
Today, surgeons who operate at Rapid City Hospital perform many different types of robotically assisted procedures, including prostatectomy, kidney and bladder surgery and gynecological procedures such as hernia, bariatric, LAR and right and left colectomy. Over time, Monument Health will continue to expand its technology and service offerings. 


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Monument Health is an integrated health care system with the mission to make a difference, everyday. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Monument Health is comprised of five hospitals, 25 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Monument Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program and more than 130 active research studies. For more information, visit
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