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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Presents A Live Robotic Surgery at the

2007 American Urologic Association Meeting

Dr. Domenico Savatta will perform a robotic nephrectomy

which will be telecasted live at this year’s AUA meeting.

NEWARK --  One of the nation’s leading experts in robotic urologic surgery, Dr. Domenico Savatta, Chief of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Adult Urologic Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, will lead a surgical team during a live telecasted of a Radical Nephrectomy by Robotic Surgery. 

On May 20, beginning at 3 p.m. (EDT), at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, Dr. Savatta will perform  the live surgery featuring the da Vinci S® robotic surgical system, which is used to perform surgeries such as cardiac procedures, hysterectomies, gastric bypass procedures, and more.  

The procedure will be telecasted to the Intuitive Surgical exhibit at this year’s 2007 American Urologic Association (AUA) Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. 

Dr. Savatta was selected to lead this procedure by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., which develops, manufactures and markets the da Vinci S robotic surgical system.  This is the first time a radical nephrectomy robotic procedure will be telecast from the meeting.  The procedure consists of the removing a kidney and adrenal gland.

Using the surgical robot will provide a great deal of precision and dexterity around large blood vessels that provide blood to the kidney.  The procedure will be done through tiny incisions and the kidney will be removed through a small incision in an entrapment sac, Dr. Savatta said. 

Using videoconferencing technology, the doctors attending AUA annual meeting will be able to watch a live simulcast of the surgery being performed at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey.  Throughout the surgery, Dr. Savatta will be able to answer questions and discuss this ever-expanding area that merges technology and healthcare.

“It is a great honor to have been chosen again (by Intuitive) to perform a live robotic surgery,” said Dr. Savatta, who performed a live robotic prostatectomy at the 2006 AUA meeting. “This will be the first live robotic nephrectomy surgery to be shown at the American Urologic Association Meeting.”

Added Dr. Savatta:  “There are many advantages of robotic nephrectomy over the traditional surgery that patients can realize.  Some of which include a quicker recovery time, minimal pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and better cosmetics.  We have seen many of these benefits with laparoscopy for the removal of kidneys, but with robotic technology I have been able to remove larger kidneys than I was able to be prior with laparoscopy.  I removed a 26 centimeter tumor from a young lady last year with the same system.”

About Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

At Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, part of the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System, physicians perform robotic surgery in more specialties than any other facility in the nation.  The hospital also has the largest Robotic Training program in the Northeast, where surgeons from around the world are undergoing training in advanced robotic-assisted surgical techniques.  For more information about robotic surgery performed at Newark Beth Israel, please visit



Source: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Release Date: May, 2007

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