Frequently asked questions

Q: What is a minimally invasive surgery?

A: Minimally invasive surgery requires smaller incisions than the large openings associated with “open surgery.” Minimally invasive surgery has become an important standard of care for many surgical treatments because it can result in a faster healing process, decreased hospital stay, reduced blood loss and minimal scarring.

Q: Is there an actual robot performing the surgery?

A:  The simple answer is no.  Instead, various surgical technologies are integrated with a computer system that are used to improve your surgeon’s range of motion, dexterity and precision.  Your surgeon remains in total control, using a tiny camera and very delicate and precise instruments to perform the procedure.

Q: What are the benefits of a robotic surgery?

A: Robotic surgery can result in a shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, reduced pain and scarring, a faster recovery and even smaller incisions.  This advanced surgical approach lets your doctor operate with more precision and accuracy during delicate procedures.

Q: What should I look for when selecting a robot-assisted approach?

A: Look for experience, training and a high-volume program.  Ask your surgeon about his/her level of experience using a robot-assisted approach.  It’s important to feel confident that you are receiving high-quality care from an experienced surgeon who is part of a well–established program.

Our experts are at the forefront of minimally invasive robotic surgery in every way. Our surgical leaders are highly specialized, receive advanced training and use leading-edge technologies. 

Our surgeons use training simulations to refine and master robotic surgical techniques. Similar to the system pilots use when training to fly jets, our system lets surgeons perfect their skills so they can meet and exceed stringent quality requirements. Beyond these trainings, Northwell surgeons are often the ones teaching and proctoring the next generation of surgeons.

From robot-assisted heart bypass surgery and prostatectomy procedures, to lung and obesity surgery, to gynecologic and general surgery, Northwell surgeons are leaders in the industry and their craft.

Q: Is robot-assisted surgery appropriate for every case?

A: No. While robot-assisted surgery is an effective option for many, it is not appropriate for every medical case. Your doctor will review your specific risk factors, lifestyle and condition to provide the most appropriate treatment option for you.

Q: How soon after robot-assisted surgery can I go home?

A: Every case is different, but don’t be surprised if you are able to go home the day after surgery—or even sooner.

Q: Is the recovery time shorter?

A: In many cases, the recovery time after robotic surgery is shorter than with traditional, open surgery. Just remember, even though you may experience little pain and may only have a small bandage to show after the procedure, robot-assisted surgery is still major surgery, give your body the time it needs to heal and recover properly.

Q: Is robot-assisted surgery an option for overweight patients?

A: Yes. Some patients who are overweight may be considered better candidates for robot-assisted surgery than for open surgery. Every case is different though. Your doctor will discuss a treatment approach that is best for you.