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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Offers Minimally Invasive, Robotic-Assisted Surgical Procedures With da VinciĀ® Si

PLANO, Texas — Surgeons on the medical staff of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano are now offering the latest generation minimally invasive robotic-assisted procedures.

From a remote command center just a few feet from the patient, surgeons can direct the moves of the robotic system to navigate deep inside the body. Because the robotic arms are so slim, surgeons can perform complex procedures with incisions smaller than half an inch long. Called the da Vinci® Si, the system boasts three-dimensional, high-definition images, which is designed to provide superior visual clarity of target tissue and surrounding organs — with up to 10 times magnification.

“This device has absolutely changed the whole experience of surgery, for the surgeon and even more importantly, for the patient,” said Dr. Thomas Heffernan, gynecologic oncologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Plano. “We can now perform remarkably complex surgeries with minimal blood loss, much less pain, and shorter hospital stays. Everybody benefits.”

The remote instrumentation command center provides dexterity and range of motion greater even than the human hand. Other components of the system help replicate the experience of open surgery by preserving natural eye-hand-instrument alignment and instrument control. Two separate HD optical channels are used to merge images for advanced depth perception.

Minimally invasive surgery allows physicians to perform many kinds of major surgery with less patient trauma and pain, minimal scarring, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays. Surgeries are performed through small incisions instead of the large incisions needed for conventional open surgeries.

Ergonomic settings on the surgeon console provide better comfort for the surgeon during procedures, Heffernan said. Together, these technological advancements provide surgeons using da Vinci® Si with the precision, dexterity and control needed for complex surgical procedures.

“Texas Health Plano is pleased to offer robotic surgery as an option for our patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, president of Texas Health Plano. “Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve and offering the latest technologies that enable faster recovery times is just one way we’re doing that.”

For more information on procedures using the da Vinci® robot, visit To find a surgeon using the robot, call 1-877-THR-WELL.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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