The da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital was the first pediatric hospital in Florida to acquire the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System, a robotic system that can be used to support surgeons in performing minimally invasive surgical procedures, including general pediatric, urologic procedures.

The da Vinci® Xi™ system offers a three-dimensional high-definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movement of the human wrist. Physicians in the Department of Pediatric Surgery (Division of Urology) include several who are among the most experienced in the region in performing robotic surgery.

For patients in need of gallbladder removal or ovarian surgery, a minimally-invasive option is available available thanks robotic single-site incision options. Patients undergo visibly no scarring through this method, which is performed through a small incision hidden within the patients navel. 


Benefits generally associated with da Vinci surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced complications
  • Reduced need for narcotic pain medicine
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced scarring
Dr. Rafael Gosalbez, Pediatric Urologist and Director of the Division of Pediatric Urology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital poses with the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System.
Dr. Fuad Alkhoury, Pediatric Surgeon at Nickalus Children's Hospital, with the daVinci Xi machine.
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