SHS Robotics Team Test-Drives Griffin Hospital’s New Surgical Robot!

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Members of the Shelton High Robotic Team got a feel for robot-assisted surgery recently.

Griffin Hospital invited the team to special demonstration of its new da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System at Enterprise Corporate Towers in Shelton on Jan. 17, allowing the students to operate the state-of-the-art machine that has revolutionized surgical medicine. The students tried their hand at using the robot’s four “arms” to put small rubber hoops on cones about the size of a finger, and attempted virtual surgeries on the da Vinci simulator.

“I think this is an absolute inspiration to the team,” said Shelton Superintendent of Schools Christopher Clouet. “They are very committed to robotics and technology, and this gives them an idea of what sorts of options might be available for them as they become adults.”

The demonstration was held prior to a reception for Griffin’s new Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program for hospital supporters, government officials and representatives from local businesses and community groups.

The da Vinci Xi is the most up-to-date, advanced surgical robot offered by Intuitive Surgical.

“This is something very new,” said Sydney Youd, a senior and team co-captain. “I never imagined using a robot for surgery – it’s not the first thing I think of – but I can see its advantages, seeing how small the incisions that surgeons need to make, so this robot is definitely helpful.”

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