From Da Vinci Si to Da Vinci Xi: realistic times in draping and docking the robot

Emma M. van der Schans*, Marijn A.J. Hiep, Esther C.J. Consten, Ivo A.M.J. Broeders

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Robot-assisted surgery is assumed to be time consuming partially due to extra time needed in preparing the robot. The objective of this study was to give realistic times in Da Vinci Xi draping and docking and to analyse the learning curve in the transition from the Si to the Xi in an experienced team. This prospective study was held in a hospital with a high volume of robot-assisted surgery in general surgery, urology and gynaecology. Times from the moment patients entered the operating room until the surgeon took place behind console were precisely recorded during the first 6 weeks after the implementation of the Xi. In total, 65 procedures were performed and documented. The learning curve for the process of draping and docking the robot was reached after 21 and 18 cases, respectively. Mean times after completion of the learning curve were 5 min for draping and 7 min for docking and were statistically different from mean times before completion of the learning curve (p values < 0.01). In dedicated teams netto extra time needed for preparing the Xi can even be reduced to just the time needed for docking. Thus, setting up the robot should have limited impact on overall time spent in the operation room.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)835-839
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of robotic surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Draping
  • Learning curve
  • Robot-assisted surgery
  • Time efficiency
  • Docking

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