Beaumont First in Michigan to Adopt New Robotic-Assisted Surgical System


Beaumont is the first health system in Michigan to use the new Xi robotic-assisted surgical system for the abdomen and chest, which features enhanced optics, a greater range of motion, and wider applications.

Surgeons performed the first procedure July 16 in Troy.

“The new Xi system provides us with the capabilities to perform more complex procedures throughout the abdomen and chest,” says Dr. Jason Hafron, a Beaumont urologist and chair of the corporate robotic committee. “This includes thoracic, urologic, gynecologic, colorectal, liver, and general surgeries.”

Hafron says the benefits of using the robotic-assisted system include smaller incisions, faster recovery times, less pain and scarring, less blood loss, and shorter hospital stays.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new Xi robotic system — currently available at Beaumont’s Royal Oak and Troy locations — in April. It offers a wider range of features than previous versions, including smaller, thinner arms with a greater range of motion, longer instrument shafts designed to give surgeons greater operative reach, and an overhead instrument arm that facilitates anatomical access from virtually any position.

“The Xi robotic system enhances our abilities with 3D-HD vision, giving us a highly magnified view,” Hafron says. “Its instruments provide the surgeon greater reach and also increases dexterity and precision. This minimally invasive surgical technology not only assists the medical team, but helps our patients get back to their day-to-day activities much more quickly.”