Robotic surgery: da Vinci® Surgical System
The da Vinci® Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic surgical platform that offers a minimally invasive alternative to complex surgery. Because it requires only a few tiny incisions and offers greater vision, precision and control for the surgeon, cancer patients often experience reduced pain, less blood loss, lower risk of infection, less scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.
The da Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating, a patient-side cart where the patient lies during surgery, four interactive robotic arms and a high-definition 3D vision system. The skilled surgeon is in control of the robotic platform, and the movements of the surgeon's hands on the controls are translated into movements of the robot.
The sophisticated da Vinci Surgical System offers an additional method of laparoscopic surgery. The robotic surgical system adds wristed movements to standard laparoscopic instruments and enables surgeons to offer a minimally invasive approach to surgery.
Recognized nationally and internationally for their pioneering work, the robotics-trained surgeons at Northwell Health are at the leading edge of robotic surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgery System.
The trailblazing da Vinci robotic surgeons are taking minimally invasive surgery to a much higher level of precision and performance. Their goal is superior outcomes for our patients. From robotic heart bypass surgery and prostatectomy procedures to lung and obesity surgery, the robotic surgeons in specialties such as urology, pediatric urology, cardiovascular, thoracic, women's health and general surgery are proving that the future of robotic surgical procedures is here.
Though a prostatectomy can be performed by “open” (traditional) surgery with a large incision, Northwell Health Cancer Institute offers a robotic prostatectomy using the sophisticated da Vinci® Surgical System. The surgeons routinely perform this procedure, which has rapidly become the favored approach worldwide for the removal of the prostate, using a few small incisions and a robotic arm that is controlled by the doctor for greater precision. Northwell Health also offers robotic prostate surgery by robotic surgeons that does not require opening of part of the pelvis area. Robotic surgery results in less blood loss and pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery for patients.
For complex hysterectomies, pelvic organ prolapse repair and other gynecologicand urogynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, one to two centimeter incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.