Robotic-Assisted Surgery Optimizes the Patient Experience


In 2018, Skagit Regional Health was the first healthcare system north of Everett to offer the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. This advanced, robotic-assisted technology is used for a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures. Then, in August of 2023, the Globus ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic Navigation System, was added to our Surgical Services Department to assist with precise back procedures. Robotic-assisted surgery is shown to improve patient outcomes, reduce recovery time and shorten hospital stays.

Performing Complex Procedures Through Small Incisions

The da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System and the Globus ExcelsiusGPS® Xi™ Robotic Navigation System are housed at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon and are accessible for patients across the Skagit Regional Health system needing a robotic surgery procedure offered by our . Each surgeon offering robotic surgery is specially trained to use the robotic computer and optical technologies, completing many hours of practice and specialized education. These advances in surgical techniques allow our surgeons to perform complex procedures through small incisions as an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Abdominal Surgeries with the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System

Skagit Regional Health's robotic-assisted surgery areas of specialization include:

  • Colorectal surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • GERD surgery
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Urological surgery

Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Back Surgeries with 
the Globus ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic Navigation System

The Globus ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic Navigation system uses diagnostic images of the patient, that are displayed on a computer screen, to help guide surgeons in providing precise, minimally invasive procedures. The images help the surgeon create a surgical plan based on the patient’s individual anatomy and determine the size and placement of screws. The robotics and navigation reduce the length of procedures, improves accuracy and dramatically lowers the level of radiation exposure from fluoroscopy, which is good for the patient and the OR team. In addition, the smaller incisions mean less tissue damage and a shorter hospital stay.

Lung Surgeries with the Intuitive Ion Robotic Bronchoscopy

Skagit Regional Health offers Ion, a robotic-assisted platform for minimally invasive biopsy of the lung, at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. The Ion system’s unprecedented stability and ultra-thin, ultra-maneuverable catheter enables navigation far into the peripheral lung allowing the surgical team to biopsy areas of the lung that were previously inaccessible. Candidates for robotic-assisted lung biopsies will have had a lung nodule identified on a CT scan.

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Diagnosing cancer early, when it is most treatable, is key to survival. 

Lung patients who receive minimally invasive procedures benefit from shortened hospital stays which are typically as little as one day. Skagit Regional Health’s investment in the Ion platform complements the existing robotic-assisted surgical program and enables patients to receive all care, from lung biopsy to surgery, at Skagit Valley Hospital. 

Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Surgery 

  • 3D high-definition camera capability
  • Faster recovery
  • Less invasive surgery
  • Enhanced view of the entire surgical area
  • Precise technique
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Smaller incisions - less than one-inch wide

For More Information About Robotic Surgery

To learn more about the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System or the Globus ExcelsiusGPS® Robotic Navigation system, please contact one of the team members at Skagit Regional Health at 360-428-2500. We can answer your questions or assist you in making an appointment with one of our robotic surgeons.

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