The da Vinci Xi: test drive our new robot

The da Vinci Xi: test drive our new robot

Jorge E De Amorim Filho, MD

Portneuf is excited to introduce the next generation in robotic surgery, the da Vinci Xi. In fact, our first procedure with our new robot took place on April 3, 2019; we performed a sigmoid colon resection for chronic diverticulitis, an infection of the colon. The patient was walking four hours after the operation.

For those in our community who may need surgery now or in the future, surgical robotics continues to transform the way we operate and, more importantly, how our patients recover. Through small, 1cm incisions, we are able to control the arms of the robot and see the surgical site in super high definition with 3 dimensional imagery. Because the surgical instruments move like miniature hands, there is more precise dissecting which means less damage to tissue. This all translates into less invasive, higher precision surgery with less postoperative discomfort, shorter hospital stay and faster return to normal activity. 

If you would like more information about robotic surgery or if you want to test drive the latest in da Vinci Xi Robot Technology, our surgical team invites you to a special open house. Join us on Monday, April 8 in the Pebble Creek Conference Room at the Portneuf Medical Center. Doors open at 6:00 pm; we will have short presentation beginning at 6:30 pm. After the presentation, attendees can test drive the robot. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, visit or call 208-239-2033.

In March, our team celebrated our 2,000 robotic surgery. The 2,000 surgery is an important benchmark because it demonstrates our commitment to state of the art care and quality.  We are committed to robotic surgery because it is the most advanced technology there is in general surgery, urology and gynecology.  Its benefit to patients is clearly demonstrated. 

Portneuf Surgical Specialists is the largest general surgery team in Idaho.  We are six board certified, university trained MDs dedicated to exceeding your surgical needs by offering a comprehensive, collaborative, integrated plan of care for each patient. Our team approach ensures that each patient receives the level of care that is consistent and tailored to their specific needs.  You can be seen by one of our surgeons within 48 hours of making an appointment. 

To reach Portneuf Surgical Specialists call 208-239-2620. To learn more about Portneuf’s upcoming seminars like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.

Jorge de Amorim Filho, MD is a board certified general and trauma surgeon. He attended the University of Utah where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. He completed medical school and residency at the University of Utah. Jorge loves swimming, cycling, competing in Ironman competitions and spending time with his family. Jorge's wife, Alli is a pediatrician practicing at the Pocatello Children and Adolescent Clinic.

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