Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery: A New Alternative to Invasive Surgery in Staten Island

A surgeon controls the movements of the da Vinci robot's spider-like arms.

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat your symptoms or condition, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive robotic surgery. Staten Island University Hospital offers this procedure as an alternative to traditional open and laparoscopic surgery.

This high-tech procedure employs robot-assisted technology that enables surgeons to perform operations with smaller incisions. Patients who undergo this kind of surgery typically experience less bleeding and pain, shorter recovery times, and fewer post-operative complications.

Minimally invasive robotic surgery is used to perform hysterectomies, kidney and prostate surgeries, and several other procedures.

The surgery involves a freestanding robot with four spider-like arms and a separate console station located several feet away from the operating table.

Small incisions allow the robot's arms to be inserted into the patient. While one arm is tasked with holding a camera, the others can be pincers, scissors, cauterizers, or other surgical equipment.

Sitting at the console, a surgeon views a magnified 3D image from the camera inside the patient and manipulates the robot's every movement during surgery. The robotic arms become an extension of the surgeon's own hands, but with the added benefit of a 360-degree range of motion not possible by the human hand alone.

If you would like to pursue a minimally invasive robotic surgery, Staten Island University Hospital has the equipment and expertise to properly perform this innovative procedure.

Click here for a list of Staten Island, NY surgeons performing minimally invasive robotic surgery at Staten Island University Hospital.