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da Vinci Xi Robot Surgery System

Mary Washington Healthcare is dedicated to employing cutting-edge technology to enhance patient outcomes. Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital both provide a robotic-assisted surgery program, featuring the world's most widely used multiport robotic surgery system, the da Vinci Xi. These state-of-the-art robots enable our surgeons to perform a wide range of surgical procedures with maximum efficiency and minimal invasiveness across various specialties.

This incredible technology enables surgeons from different fields to do surgeries with smaller incisions. The da Vinci Xi is used for general surgery, urologic surgery, gynecologic surgery, and thoracic surgery.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker return to activities

The da Vinci Xi Robot is currently being used to treat the following urologic disorders:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney abnormalities
  • Kidney cancer

The da Vinci Xi Robot is currently being used to support gynecologic surgeons in the treatment of:

  • Sacrocolpopexy - repair of a dropped bladder, vagina, or womb
  • Hysterectomy - removal of the uterus
General Surgery

The da Vinci Xi Robot is currently being used to support surgeons in the treatment of:

  • Hernia Repair
Thoracic Surgery

The da Vinci Xi Robot is currently being used to treat the following pleural space disease processes:

  • Diaphragm paralysis
  • Achalasia
  • Mediastinal masses
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Interstitial lung disease

For more information

For da Vinci robotics procedures at Mary Washington Hospital, contact Ma Ester Duque, BSN, RN at or 540.741.2198. For da Vinci robotics procedures at Stafford Hospital, contact our team at 540.741.0964.

Ion Robotic System

The Ion Robotic System is designed to shift the stage at which patients are diagnosed with lung cancer, increasing their chances of survival. Traditionally, a significant number of stage one lung cancers are found in the outer third of the lung, making them difficult to reach with conventional scopes. This often leads to repeat scans or invasive biopsies. However, the Ion Robotic Bronchoscopy provides a solution to this challenge. Equipped with a thin and stable 100 cm scope, the Ion can accurately biopsy peripheral lung nodules, ensuring early detection and diagnosis.

Patients undergoing an Ion Robotic Bronchoscopy experience numerous benefits. The system allows for minimal risk of complications during the biopsy, while providing a high diagnostic yield. Additionally, patients can be staged in the same procedure, eliminating the need for follow-up appointments, and reducing time-to-treatment.

ION Robot

ROSA Knee Robotic Technology

ROSA Knee Robotic Machine

ROSA® Knee robotic technology, which stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant, is designed to help your specially trained surgeon tailor the placement of your knee implant just for you.

Getting a precise knee implant fit is important to your comfort and overall experience following knee replacement surgery. ROSA Knee uses data collected before and during surgery to inform your surgeon of many details related to your unique anatomy that may affect your implant fit. By using this data to make more informed decisions, your surgeon is able to plan for and carry out a personalized surgery based upon your individual needs.

Before surgery

Your preoperative experience will be like that of most total knee patients. But, unlike traditional knee replacement methods, with ROSA Knee, a series of x-rays may be used to create a three-dimensional (3D) model of your knee anatomy. This 3D model will enable the surgeon to plan many specifics of your knee replacement prior to your surgery.

During surgery

The surgical procedure using ROSA Knee is similar to traditional total knee replacement, but with a robotic assistant. Your surgeon has been specially trained to use ROSA Knee in order to personalize the surgical approach for your unique anatomy. It’s important to understand that the robot does not operate on its own. That means it does not move unless your surgeon prompts it to. Your surgeon is still in the operating room the entire time and is making all of the decisions throughout your surgery.

During your procedure, ROSA Knee utilizes a camera and optical trackers attached to your leg to know exactly where your knee is in space. Think of it like a very detailed global positioning system (GPS) that you might use in your car. If your leg moves even a fraction of an inch, the robot can tell and adjusts accordingly. This helps ensure that the plan your surgeon put into place is executed as intended. Throughout your surgery, ROSA Knee provides your surgeon with data about your knee. This information, combined with your surgeon’s skill, helps them know how to position your implant based on your unique anatomy.

After surgery

Following surgery, you will be hospitalized based upon the recovery plan your surgeon decides is best for you. This hospitalization may range from one to three days. Recovery time varies, but most people should be able to drive after two weeks, garden after three to four weeks, and golf after six to eight weeks. Your surgeon will tell you when and what activities you can return to, and what activities to avoid.


Man pushing kids on a wheelbarrowWhile uncommon, complications can occur during and after surgery. Some complications include, but are not limited to, infection, blood clots, implant breakage, malalignment and premature wear, any of which can require additional surgery. Although implant surgery is extremely successful in most cases, some patients still experience stiffness and pain. No implant will last forever, and factors such as your post-surgery activities and weight can affect longevity. Be sure to discuss these and other risks with your surgeon.

There are many things that your surgeon may do to minimize the potential for complications. Your surgeon may have you see a medical physician before surgery to obtain tests. You may also need to have your dental work up-to-date and may be shown how to prepare your home to avoid falls.


The decision to have surgery is sometimes difficult. We hope that this information has helped you understand the ROSA Knee System so that you can make the best decision for yourself. This information is not intended to replace the experience and counsel of your orthopedic surgeon. If you have any further questions, please speak with your orthopedic surgeon.

Important Note: This is intended to provide an overview of knee replacement surgery and should be reviewed with your doctor. It does not include all of the information needed to determine eligibility for knee replacement or for the proper use and care of artificial knee replacements. Please consult your surgeon for more information. Information may also be obtained by calling the toll-free number or visiting the website. The toll-free number can also be used to obtain complete product contraindications, warnings, precautions, and possible adverse effects. Individual results may vary. Your results will depend on your personal circumstances. How long a knee replacement will last varies from patient to patient. It depends on many factors, such as the patient’s physical condition, activity level and body weight, and the surgical technique. Replacement joints are not as strong or durable as a natural, healthy joint, and there is no guarantee that an artificial joint will last the rest of a patient’s life. All knee replacements may need to be replaced at some point.

This device is available only on the order of a physician.

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