Robotic Surgery at ACMH

Enhancing quality patient care, while greatly benefitting our community

ACMH Hospital continues a tradition of innovation with the addition of robotic surgery.

The da Vinci Xi Surgical System is considered one of the most dynamic tools for robotic surgery in the world, and provides a level of precision that is simply not feasible with traditional techniques.

The robotic-assisted da Vinci Xi translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. Operated by a specially credentialed surgeon who is 100% in control during procedures, this technology improves comfort for patients and surgeons alike.

Robotic surgery will be utilized for several different procedures at ACMH Hospital, including: appendectomy, esophageal surgery, gallbladder removal, hernia repair, and spleen removal. Expect additional procedures in the near future!


Our Commitment to Innovation

The da Vinci Xi's 3D-HD vision component provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient. Procedures are minimally-invasive, using small incisions roughly the size of a dime. Techniques made possible by the System result in greatly reduced pain, little to no blood loss, significantly quicker recovery, and less aggressive pain medication regimens.

This is an expandable technology platform that is designed to accommodate and seamlessly integrate a range of current technologies, as well as future innovations, in areas such as imaging, advanced instruments and anatomical access.

For the patient, the benefits of robotic surgery include:

  • MORE PRECISE SURGERY – Often, your surgeon needs to operate near healthy, sensitive organs, tissues and nerves. The goal of surgery is to remove the abnormality without affecting surrounding healthy structures. The small size and flexibility of the robotic instruments makes this easier to accomplish.
  • LESS PAIN – Recovery can now be possible with less aggressive pain medication regimens.
  • LESS RISK OF INFECTION AND BLOOD LOSS – Your surgeon makes tiny incisions rather than large ones, lowering the risk of infection or blood loss.
  • LESS SCARRING AND SHORTER RECOVERY – The smaller incisions also mean that your recovery period is shorter. Sometimes, recovery may last just a few days.

For the surgeon, the benefits of robotic surgery include:

  • AN ENHANCED VISUAL FIELD – At the console, your surgeon has a superior view of the operating area. The high-definition camera provides a magnified, detailed view of the affected area. Your surgeon can see the microscopic structures more clearly, leading to a more precise surgery.
  • INCREASED DEXTERITY – A human hand has dexterity limitations, but the robotic instrument exceeds these limitations and increases the range of motion of the human hand. The arms can rotate a full 360 degrees. This allows your surgeon to operate in a way that would be impossible without the robot.
  • ACCESS TO HARD-TO-REACH PLACES – The enhanced flexibility and precision of the robot allows your surgeon to access hard-to-reach areas, meaning surgeons can treat more conditions with robotic surgery.

Key features of the da Vinci Xi include:

  • Overhead instrument arm architecture designed to facilitate anatomical access from virtually any position.
  • Endoscope digital architecture that creates a simpler, more compact design with improved vision definition and clarity.
  • An ability to attach the endoscope to any arm, providing flexibility for visualizing the surgical site.
  • Smaller, thinner arms with newly designed joints that offer a greater range of motion than ever before.
  • Longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater operative reach.

Current procedures performed include:

  • Appendectomy
  • Esophageal surgery
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hernia repair
  • Spleen removal

Robotic Surgery Team

Ricky Clay, MD
Ricky Clay, MD
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Sarun Suwan, MD
Sarun Suwan, MD
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Kelly Zbanic, DO
Kelly Zbanic, DO
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Armstrong Surgical Associates

500 Medical Arts Building
Suite 540
Kittanning, PA
Phone: 724-543-4942
Fax: 724-543-8865
Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM