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WMC is first in Westchester to use next generation DaVinci Si surgical system and trainer
05/03/2012

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WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER SURGEONS NOW USING NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART 3D HIGH DEFINITION DA VINCI ROBOT

 Westchester Medical Center is the first in Westchester County to offer the next generation DaVinci Si surgical system—providing Surgeons with superior visualization, greater dexterity and precision during minimally invasive robotic procedures.

Westchester Medical Center recently announced that it is now using the latest Intuitive da Vinci Si robotic surgical system and surgical trainer.  The new system offers three dimensional high definition visualization and allows for enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control for the surgeon. 

This is a new enhancement for the hospital, where the robotic surgical platform is currently used for minimally-invasive surgery.  Minimally invasive robotic surgery has become increasingly more popular over the last few years. As the technology has improved more surgeons have gravitated to the device.  Westchester Medical Center performs more than 140 robotic procedures each year.

According to the manufacturer, the da Vinci Si robotic system can enhance the surgeon’s skill with computer technology, enabling him or her to see vital anatomical structures more clearly and perform surgical procedures more precisely.  State-of-the-art, robotic instrumentation controlled by the surgeon allows for complex procedures to be performed through a few tiny incisions.  High definition, three-dimensional vision offers surgeons visualization far superior to that of the human eye.  

“Robotic techniques benefit both the patient and the surgeon,” said Jarrett Stern, Vice President for Peri-operative Services at Westchester Medical Center.  “The procedures offer increased precision and enhanced three dimensional magnification providing a better view of the surgical site, reduced blood loss and reduced pain as well as reduction in length of hospital stay.  Most patients who undergo minimally invasive robotic procedures report that they experience less swelling, less pain at the incision site and faster recovery times.”

Today, surgeons at Westchester Medical Center perform many different types of robotically assisted procedures including prostatectomy, kidney and bladder surgery and gynecological procedures such as ovarian tumors, pelvic prolepses and gynecological cancers.  In 2010, Westchester Medical Center surgeons performed the first robotic transplantation of ovarian tissue. The delicate transplant marked the first time the procedure was ever performed robotically in New York State.

 

As a trainer, the system includes a skills simulator with a variety of exercises and scenarios specifically designed to allow the user to practice unassisted or with supervision—giving the user the opportunity to improve their proficiency with the controls while providing instructors with skill assessment and real-time feedback. 

About Westchester Medical Center

 

Spanning every adult and pediatric medical specialty, Westchester Medical Center serves as a lifeline to the more than 3.5 million people in the Hudson Valley region and beyond.  Well-known for its advanced medical care in trauma and burn, heart, cancer, transplant, neuroscience and pediatrics, community hospitals within a 5,000-square-mile range send their most difficult cases to this advanced-care, academic medical center.  At Westchester Medical Center, each year more than 120,000 patients are cared for in every medical specialty through its University Hospital, the 118-bed Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital—home to the region’s only Level IV NICU and PICU—the Joel A. Halpern Regional Trauma Center and the region's only Burn Center and the only full-service 24/7 cardiac center, including heart transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support and so much more.  With more than 900 attending physicians and 3,300 healthcare professionals, Westchester Medical Center is the only facility capable of providing immediate lifesaving advanced care between New York City and Albany.

About Intuitive

The da Vinci Surgical System and the Skills Simulator are developed by Intuitive Surgical Inc. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the global technology leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery. The company’s da Vinci Surgical System offers surgeons superior visualization, enhanced dexterity and greater precision compared to traditional surgical approaches. More than 500,000 patients worldwide affected by a range of conditions have had a da Vinci procedure. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even complex procedures such as open-heart surgery through 1-2 cm incisions. Founded in 1995, Intuitive Surgical has more than 1,300 employees in offices around the world.

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