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Published on June 06, 2018

Altru invests in daVinci XI Robotic Surgical System for enhanced patient care

Investment furthers Altru’s commitment to advanced patient care

Grand Forks, N.D. – As part of Altru’s commitment to investing in the most advanced surgical technology, Altru is now using the latest Intuitive daVinci® Xi robotic surgical system. The new system offers three-dimensional high definition visualization and allows for enhanced dexterity, greater precision and control for surgeons.

The advanced system allows Altru surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures in general surgery, urology and gynecology. For patients, the newest version of daVinci continues to offer the benefits of less pain, less blood loss and faster recovery times. Altru’s new XI unit expands the number of procedures that can be performed using the robotic system in the abdomen and improves access within the abdomen for the surgeons.

“Altru has brought the most advanced version of surgical robotics to the patients of our region. Our patients want less time in the operating room, less complications and more time with their families and friends, and be able to be back at work and back doing the things that mean the most to them,” states Dr. Robert Guttormson, general surgery. “And now, patients have access to the latest in surgical technology without having to travel far.” Specialties at Altru using the daVinci Xi robotic system includes general surgery, gynecology, and urology.

Altru’s investment in the technology further supports our regional commitment to a bold new era in care. Through the skill of our surgeons and utilization of this advanced minimally invasive technology, we can improve our patient’s outcomes and get them back to their lives faster.

Altru’s surgeons are completely in control of the robotic-assisted system. It translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The Xi system’s 3D high definition system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, which virtually extends their eyes and hands into the patient.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a regional-owned, integrated system with a general acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $549 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.