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Robot-Assisted Surgery

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is home to two of Intuitive Surgical’s new da Vinci® Xi™ Systems, a four-armed robot that offers greater range of motion and reach. We have been offering robotic assisted surgery since 2013 with the da Vinci® Si™ System.
Investing in the most advanced da Vinci® surgical system was part of our expansion and commitment to provide the community with access to the most effective technologies and treatments, and the investment in the second da Vinci® Xi™ is the response to the need for these services in our community. da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery is a break-through technology that allows the surgeon’s hand to make extremely precise movements. It can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures, including colorectal, urology, gynecology, thoracic and general surgery.
With the newest robot comes the single-site platform where the only incision is made through the belly button for surgeries like hysterectomies and gallbladder removal. This technology makes these procedures virtually scarless and significantly decreases recovery time. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is the only hospital in Pasco County offering single-site robotic surgeries. 

Benefits of surgery using the da Vinci® robotics system:

  • Less blood loss
  • Significantly less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Fewer complications, including less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery time and return to daily activities

How does the new da Vinci® Xi™ compare to the earlier da Vinci® Si™ system?

  • New design facilitates anatomical access from virtually any position.
  • A simpler, more compact endoscope provides improved visual definition and clarity.
  • The camera/endoscope attaches to any of the four arms, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site.
  • Smaller, thinner arms with more flexible joints offer greater range of motion.
  • Longer instrument shafts give surgeons greater operative reach.
Additionally, the da Vinci® Xi™ is compatible with the Intuitive Firefly Fluorescence Imaging Vision System; this technology enables surgeons to better view anatomy, blood flow, identify tumors and have more successful outcomes for our patients. The system is also paired with a fully integrated operating table that allows the medical team to adjust the patient during surgery without removing any instrumentation.
To connect with one of the following physicians who can perform robot-assisted surgery at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, call 813-929-5432 or Request An Appointment online.

General Surgery

Kimberly Allison Apple, MD

Vijay Ferris, MD



Olufunke O. Abiose, MD

Michael Gerard Jackson, MD


Stryker’s Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is also home to a Stryker Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System used in orthopedic procedures such as partial knee replacements and total hip replacements. Learn more here.