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Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery

Ellis Medicine offers robotic-assisted surgery – an advanced approach to minimally invasive surgery. The daVinci Robot gives Ellis’ highly skilled surgeons another state-of-the-art tool that yields benefits to both patients and surgeons. The robotic approach enables the surgeon to complete more complex procedures in a minimally invasive manner.

How Robotic-Assisted Surgery Works

The first note to make about robotic-assisted surgery is that a surgeon is performing the surgery, not a robot. The skill and expertise of the surgeon is what makes any surgery successful.

Robotic-assisted surgery, like other minimally invasive surgery, utilizes cameras and instruments that are inserted through small incisions in a patient’s body. The advantage is that the surgeon uses a state-of-the-art console operating the robotic arms using hand controls. Through the console’s viewfinder, the surgeon sees high resolution, 3D images that are sent back by the cameras. The quality of the images and the precision of the surgical arms enables the surgeon to provide optimal care to their patients.

Multi-Specialty Program

Ellis Medicine is utilizing robotic-assisted surgery for:

  • gynecologic surgeries, such as hysterectomies, removal of fibroids while preserving the uterus, endometriosis, pelvic prolapse and fallopian tubal reversal
  • bariatric (weight loss) surgeries
  • urologic surgery, such as prostate surgery, partial nehprectomy, pelvic prolapse
  • general surgeries, such as gallbladder removal, colon surgery, paraesophageal hernia, and treatment of acid reflux disease
  • thoracic surgery (procedures related to the lungs), such as lobectomies

Patient Benefits … Less is More

Compared to traditional open surgery, the minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery translates into:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less blood loss
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Quicker recovery
  • Faster return to normal activities

Surgeon Benefits

  • Three dimensional (3D), high resolution vision
  • Greater surgical precision
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved access
  • Improved dexterity

“The daVinci robot brings the most advanced technology in minimally invasive surgery to our community,” says Nicholas Montalto, Jr., M.D., medical director of Robotic Surgery at Ellis Medicine. “Ultimately, the robot will allow us to perform a wider array of surgical procedures and that’s a win-win for the patient and surgeon.”

Ellis Program Boasts Area Firsts

Dr. Montalto performed the first robotic-assisted surgery at Ellis Hospital in December 2011, and the region's first robotic-assisted tubal ligation reversal in March 2012. Watch NewsChannel 13 News coverage of how the robotic-assisted tubal ligation reversal procedure benefits patients.

In April, 2013, Kyril Choumarov, MD a cardiothoracic surgeon with the Ellis Medical Group, became the first physician in the Capital Region to perform a lung lobectomy using the daVinci Robot in April 2013. Compared to traditional open surgery, a robotic-assisted lobectomy is minimally invasive and helps patients return to their normal activities quicker. A lobectomy is a surgical removal of a lobe of a lung. Lungs are divided into sections called lobes, with your left lung having two lobes and your right lung having three. Lobectomies are performed to remove one of these lungs to treat lung cancer or abnormal tissue on the lung. Upon removal of the lobe, the lung continues to function normally.

Single-Site Approach

Surgeons at Ellis are now utilizing the da Vinci robot’s “single-site” technology for gallbladder removal.  Traditional laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery requires at least four incisions, while the da Vinci single-site approach enables the surgeon to remove a gallbladder through a small, single opening in the patient’s belly button. For patients, this means less pain, minimal blood loss and one nearly invisible scar inside the belly button. 

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