Kingwood Medical Center November 29, 2017

L-R: Larry Barger, J. Mario Villafani, M.D., Amanda Kramer, Catalina Gonzales, Francis Jamora, Louwanna Duncan, Ana Johnson and Teresa Brock, RN (OR Director)

Kingwood, TX (Nov. 29, 2017) — Surgeons at Kingwood Medical Center now have two robotic options to aid in surgeries. They recently celebrated their 1000th case with the da Vinci® Si  and are now using the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System to perform a variety of surgical procedures. They just celebrated their 1000th case using the Si.  According to Melinda Stephenson, CEO Kingwood Medical Center. “Patients have access to the latest in robotic surgery close to home, eliminating the need to travel to the medical center.” Stephenson said, “High quality results are just some of the many benefits of this type of surgery, which also includes less pain, a reduced risk of infection, smaller incisions, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery time for each patient.” Teresa Brock, OR Director stated “This new robotically assisted surgical technology has a proven track record for safety and is designed to provide additional clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room.”

“We are extremely pleased to have the da Vinci Xi Robot at Kingwood Medical Center,” said Melinda Stephenson. “The da Vinci enables our patients to have a faster recovery, less blood loss and less pain after surgery. We work hard to offer our community advanced quality care close to home, and the implementation of the da Vinci® is part of our commitment to provide patients with the best surgical solutions.”

The Xi is the newest version of the revolutionary da Vinci Robotic Surgical System and it offers enhanced 3D, high-definition vision of the operative field, superior visual clarity of tissue and anatomy, and surgical dexterity and precision far greater than the human hand. These technological advancements will provide surgeons with unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enable a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures.   

During robotic surgery, the surgeon is seated at a console a few feet away from the patient and views an actual image of the surgical site while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using electromechanically enhanced instruments. The system allows surgeons to operate three robotic arms with precision and steadiness. The da Vinci system provides visualization that is 10 times more powerful than the human eye, including high-definition images and enhanced 3-D capabilities.

da Vinci’s robotic surgical system advanced level of technology takes surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. It can be used for a multitude of procedures, including, but not limited to: prostatectomy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, coronary artery bypass, mitral valve repair and colorectal surgery. At Kingwood Medical Center, the da Vinci® Xi™ has been used for Gynecological, Urological, Colorectal procedures and Cardiovascular procedures in the future. J. Mario Villafani, M.D. was the first surgeon at Kingwood Medical Center to use the “robot.”

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About Kingwood Medical Center

Kingwood Medical Center is a 373-bed acute care facility that has provided quality care to the Lake Houston Area for over 25 years. It is home to the area’s only comprehensive cardiac care and neuroscience programs. The hospital is recognized by DNV as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and ADA as an Accredited Diabetes Center.

Our Women & Children’s Center provides Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, high-risk obstetrics, a breast diagnostic center, a designated pediatric unit, and the area’s only pediatric emergency department. The hospital also provides surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and emergency services – including a 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Creek. The GI Center complete the services offered at Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home. For more information, visit our website at

Kingwood Medical Center complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, color, ancestry, citizenship, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, payment source or ability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.


About HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division

HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 17 hospitals, nine ambulatory surgical centers, 10 freestanding emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150- mile radius. For more information, visit