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HOPATCONG MAN AMONG 1st TO UNDERGO NEW
ROBOTIC SURGERY PROCEDURE AT NEWARK BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER
“The robotic procedure is better for the patient than an
open operation,” said Dr. Savatta. “There is less nerve damage,
less bleeding, and a better quality of life afterwards.” Men who have
undergone the robotic procedure are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks
of the operation, and their blood loss during the procedure is so minimal that
they are no longer asked to donate their own blood pre-operatively, as patients
undergoing the open operation are asked to do.
The FDA-approved daVinci Surgical System gives surgeons the control,
range of motion and 3-D visualization that is characteristic of open surgery.
Robotic-assisted surgery incorporates techniques that allow the surgeon to operate
through several small incisions about the size of a dime. The daVinci system
consists of a surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart, a high performance
3-D vision system and EndoWrist articulating instruments. In the operating room,
the surgeon sits at the console with his hands on the master controls and his
eyes on a 3-D image of the surgical field. From the patient-side cart, four
robotic arms and one endoscope arm precisely translate the surgeon’s movements
through small incisions in the patient.
Surgeons at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center have been using
the daVinci Surgical System since the winter of 2003, when the medical center’s
cardiothoracic surgery team, under the direction of Craig Saunders, MD, began
using it to perform procedures including mitral valve repair and “beating
heart” coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Since then, Newark Beth Israel
pediatric urologist Jeffrey Stock, MD, became the first physician in the state
to use the daVinci system to perform robotic surgery on pediatric patients,
in this case pyeloplasty, a procedure to repair a blockage in the kidney. Dr.
Stock has since added other robotic procedures to the list of options he offers
Source: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
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