Department of Urology at Montefiore surgeons have extensive experience in robotic surgery and use the da Vinci® Surgical System to treat standard illnesses and cancer-related conditions of the prostate, bladder, kidney and pediatric pyeloplasty.

What Makes Robotic Surgery Different
Although commonly referred to as robotic surgery, the da Vinci® Surgical System is more of a computer-enhanced surgical tool than an actual robot. Nothing is programmed into the system; instead, all surgeries are done in real time — the tools move only as the surgeon's hands move.

The operating surgeon is stationed at a console several feet away from the patient, and a second surgeon remains at the patient's bedside throughout the procedure. This second surgeon changes instruments on the robot and is available to take over for the robot should the need arise.

Understanding the Benefits of Robotic Surgery
The high-resolution, three-dimensional stereo viewer allows the surgeon to dissect nerves accurately with minimal trauma and permits greater nerve preservation during the operation.

To perform a procedure using the da Vinci® Surgical System, the surgeon works with the console's master controls to maneuver the four robotic arms, which securely hold the patented Endowrist® instruments and high-magnification endoscopic camera. Endowrist® exceeds the natural range of motion of the human hand and refines the surgeon's hand movements.

The robot allows our surgeons to see better and manipulate instrumentation with greater skill and precision when performing minimally invasive procedures, complex dissections and reconstructive surgery. There are also numerous benefits to our patients, including:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Minimized scaring
  • Less need for blood transfusions
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery
  • Faster return to normal daily activities
  • Preservation of erectile function and urinary continence after prostate surgery

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