Community Invited to “Meet the Robot” on April 21 at Mission Event Center

Valley residents can “test drive” new da Vinci Xi robot
used for surgery at Mission Regional Medical Center

Surgeons in Operating Room with the da vinci systemMISSION, April 2021 – Valley residents of all ages are invited to “test drive” a robot used in surgeries on Thursday, April 21, anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Mission Event Center, 2425 Ruby Red Blvd. in Mission.
Mission Regional Medical Center recently acquired the “da Vinci Xi” Surgical System, which is designed to advance the technology used in minimally-invasive surgery. Surgeons use the robot as an extension of their own hands to perform various types of surgery, including thoracic, cardiac, urology, gynecology, and general surgery.
Surgeon looking into da Vinci surgeon console in operating roomMembers of the community can try out the robot, to see how it feels – and how good they are at using the controls to maneuver tiny surgical instruments and “sew stitches” as if they were really a surgeon.  As with all da Vinci Surgical Systems, the surgeon is 100% in control of the robot. The robotic system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.
During their “test drive” of the robot, Valley residents will also be able to look through the console with three-dimensional, high-definition visualization, the way surgeons do to better view cancers, blood flow, and various parts of the body.  The monitors magnify extremely small areas inside the human body, displaying them in striking detail.   This allows surgeons to perform various surgeries through extremely-small incisions. 
surgeon hands on controls articulationSince minimally-invasive surgeries can be performed through such small incisions, in some cases,  patients may have a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time -- and may have less pain, less loss of blood, less scarring, and less risk of infection.
Speaking at the event at 12 noon on April 21 will be Mission Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña, PhD; Dr. Jesus Villarreal, General Surgeon; and Kane Dawson, CEO of Mission Regional Medical Center.
da vinci system xi front viewMr. Dawson said the hospital’s acquisition of the da Vinci Xi robot is part of Mission Regional’s continuous efforts to provide “the highest-quality healthcare to residents of the Rio Grande Valley,  including by utilizing the most-advanced, state-of-the-art technology.”
Kathleen Avila, Regional Director for Business Development for Prime Healthcare, said the showcasing of the da Vinci Xi” Surgical System will allow the community to come and see the new robot and try out the simulator for Mission’s “newest technological wonder.”
“This state-of-the-art technology will make minimally-invasive surgery more accessible for patients -- not only in the Mission area, but throughout the Valley,” Ms. Avila added.
In addition to visiting the Mission Event Center, the surgical robot will also be visiting local students at Mission CISD (on April 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), as well as at South Texas College (on April 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
The “test-driving” of the robot at the Mission Event Center is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.  For more information on robotic and other minimally-invasive surgeries, please consult your physician and visit