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Cache Valley Hospital Demonstrates New Surgical Robot

Cache Valley Hospital has upgraded its surgical robot, and this week it invited locals to come test out the tech.

The hospital has had a da Vinci Si surgical robot for a few years, according to surgeon Mark Hansen, but the hospital’s new Xi model is “just literally years ahead of the Si.”


The robot assists in laparoscopic surgery, where instead of making large incisions to access tissues and organs (open surgery), surgeons make only small cuts and insert a tool with a small camera (called a laparoscope). While the surgical instruments typically used in laparoscopic surgery are straight, the da Vinci robot’s tools can bend and rotate like a hand on a wrist. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.