If your doctor recommends surgery to treat your symptoms or condition, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive robotic surgery. Patients who undergo this kind of surgery typically experience less bleeding and pain, shorter recovery times, and fewer postoperative complications.
Staten Island University Hospital offers the cutting edge da Vinci Surgical System as an alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery. Robotic surgery requires a special level of expertise, and our surgeons regularly undergo comprehensive training simulations to master their techniques. This high level of training and experience ensures they are at the forefront of this exciting and evolving field. Patient benefits include less pain and scarring and a better recovery.
Minimally invasive robotic surgery is used to perform a number of different procedures, including:
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- Kidney surgery
- Prostate surgery
It uses a full service robot with four spider-like arms and a separate console station located several feet away from the operating table. Small incisions allow the robot's arms to be inserted into the patient. While one arm is tasked with holding a camera, the others can be pincers, scissors, cauterizers or other surgical equipment.
Sitting at the console, a surgeon views a magnified 3D image from the camera inside the patient and manipulates the robot's every movement during surgery. The robotic arms become an extension of the surgeon's own hands, with the added benefit of a 360-degree range of motion not possible by the human hand alone.
While there are many advantages to robotic surgery, it is not right for every patient or every procedure. Your surgeon at Staten Island University Hospital will know if robot-assisted surgery is the best course of treatment for you.