Robotic surgery has transformed the way surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures, enabling them to operate with extraordinary precision through small incisions. NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital offers robotic surgery for select patients who need abdominal or gynecologic surgeries using the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System — the most advanced robotic surgery system available.
The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery
While some procedures still need to be completed using conventional open surgery, those that can be done using a robotic approach can be performed through small incisions. Compared with traditional open surgery, the benefits to patients include:
- A shorter hospital stay
- Less blood loss
- Less discomfort after surgery, which may mean less need for opioid medication to control pain
- Lower risk of complications
- Smaller incisions mean smaller scars
- Quicker recovery time
That means you'll recover faster and get back to your regular activities sooner, including work and enjoying time with your family and friends.
Exceptional Dexterity and Performance
It is important to note that the robot does not perform the surgery; rather, your surgeon completes the operation using the robot as a tool.
- During the robotic procedure, your surgeon sits at a console, viewing the surgical field through the robot's "vision system."
- The surgeon uses controls to operate the various highly dexterous arms and cameras of the robot, which surgical assistants place into position.
- Your surgeon operates with greater magnification, more precision, and greater stability of movement while using slender surgical instruments. This feature enables your surgeon to have an enhanced view of delicate nerves and blood vessels and reduces the risk of complications involving these vital structures.
How We Use Robotic Surgery
At NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, we employ robotic surgery to perform operations such as:
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and other gynecologic procedures
- Hernia repair
- Gallbladder removal
- Colectomy (removal of colon tissue)