It is to laparoscopic surgery like the modern cell phone of today is to the bag cell phone of the 1990s. Dr. Harkins trained back then on the new platform of laparoscopy in the early 1990s. He excelled with the minimally invasive platform and received numerous awards for his abilities.
He continued to provide his best in laparoscopic care sharing his expertise by training other surgeons along the way. Robotic surgery was also being developed during that time but lacked many of the capabilities in its early form to allow it to become a mainstream general surgery platform. Many hospitals still use these older da Vinci robotic surgery models.
As a technology buff, Dr. Harkins was ecstatic to see the capabilities of the new da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system released in July 2014. It offered improvements and enhancements in almost every phase of minimally invasive surgery over standard laparoscopy as well as previous da Vinci robotic surgery systems. From its introduction in 2014, he has aggressively pursued to master this incredible new platform and become the best robotic surgeon possible.
He spent many hours, first on a simulator, and then went on to the specialized hands-on laboratory training required to be a robotic surgeon. Shortly thereafter he began offering this state-of-the-art technology to his patients in an effort to become one of the most experienced Houston robotic surgeons on this platform.
His years of experience as a minimally invasive surgeon combined with the capabilities of the newest da Vinci robotic surgery system served him well. He not only became recognized as a leader in Houston robotic surgery but has been recognized as one of the top one percent most experienced general surgeons using the da Vinci Xi platform in the world!