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Patient Stories and Media

Dr. Savatta has been performing robotic surgery since 2004. The following are combinations of media appearances, patient testimonials, letters, and press releases.



Saint Barnabas Health Care Today Show- Minimally Invasiver Surgery

Originally aired summer 2006 (30 minutes)

Integrating robotic technology with surgeon skill, minimally invasive surgeries, using robotic and laparoscopic procedures, is changing the lives of patients of all ages at the Saint Barnabas Health Care System. By allowing surgeons full control, range of motion, and the 3-D visualization of traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery allows patients shorter hospital stays and a quicker recovery, experiencing less pain and scarring.

Saint Barnabas Health Care Today Show- Prostate Health

Originally aired spring 2005 (30 minutes)

Though men age 50 and over should schedule an annual exam to monitor their prostate health, many put off the process. Postponing annual exams can lead to undetected cases of prostate cancer-the second most common form of cancer in men. The departments of Radiation Oncology at the Saint Barnabas Health Care System Cancer Centers, offer patients new approaches to both detection and treatments for prostate cancer. The Cancer teams, comprised of renowned radiation oncologists and urologists, deliver the most comprehensive prostate cancer management in the State of New Jersey. Monitoring the health of your prostate is an important preventive health practice that could save your life.

My 9 News (WWOR- NYC) coverage of the daVinci S training center opening at Newark Beth Israel and an operation

Aired August 19th, 2006 (2 minutes)

Dr Savatta: "The S allows more flexibility than the older robot or my hands"

News 12's coverage of the daVinci S training center opening at Newark Beth Israel

August 15th, 2006 (2 minutes)

Dr Savatta: "It allows me to see better"

NJN News's coverage of the daVinci S training center opening at Newark Beth Israel

August 15th, 2006 (2 minutes)

Dr. Savatta's patient: "I had no pain"


The Open Line- broadcast from 98.7 KISSFM on 5/21/2006

Segment 1 Segment 2 Segment 3





Daily Record: Morristown

Local doctor uses mechanical arms in surgery

Original website


Beth Israel is armed for precision surgery

Front page: August 15th, 2006

Dr. Savatta's patient: "I think the skills are in the surgeon's hands, no matter which way you are doing it"

Daily Record: Morristown

A robot that performs surgical miracles

Front page: August 21st, 2006




New Jersey Business

March 2007


Dr. Savatta: "[Robotic Surgery] is like having four hands and seeing things 10 times more magnified."


Hospital Newspaper
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Site of New Robotic Surgery Training Center

Summer 2006

"In this patient’s case, the surgery was a resounding success: Dr. Savatta reports that the patient has had a swift recovery of sexual function within 16 days of the operation, and that his cancer appears to have been fully arrested."

robotic surgery for prostate cancer, kidney cancer


Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Advancing Medicine with Robotic Surgery

MD News:  July 2006


Dr. Savatta:  “We are now performing advanced robotic cancer surgery using the da Vinci with excellent results, including on those patients who are morbidly obese and with prior surgeries, including laparoscopic hernia repair, when other practitioners are hesitant to operate on those patients at all.”




The Positive Community: Singing the Praises of Robotics

January 2006

Dr. Savatta's patient: "My brother had the open surgery and he was in a lot of pain afterwards"


Technology Review: Surgical Robots Get a Sense of Touch

December 18, 2006


Bladder Cancer

Surgeons at Saint Barnabas Medical Center Perform Tri-States First Robotic Bladder Creation Surgeries

Kidney Cancer

Dr. Domenico Savatta performs first live robotic nephrectomy to Intuitive Surgical's exhibit at AUA

Prostate Cancer

Local Gospel Singer Undergoes Robotic Surgery to Treat Prostate Cancer

Morris County Surgeons Perform Robotic Surgery on Montville Man

Hopatcong Man Among 1st to Undergo New Robotic Surgery Procedure at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Newark Man Believed to be the 1st in Essex County to Undergo Robotic Surgery to Remove Prostate

Letters and Patient Experiences

Prostate Cancer

First Robotic Prostatectomy Patient

Robotic Prostatectomy and Ventral Hernia Repair


Updated June 30, 2007 by D Savatta, MD

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