“Robot-assisted surgery is a safe and effective alternative for minimally invasive procedures,” says Steven Stain, MD, chair of surgery at Albany Medical College and chief of the section of surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital, explaining that compared to traditional options, patients who are candidates for minimally invasive robotic surgery tend to experience less trauma, blood loss and post-operative pain, leading to shorter hospital stays and faster recovery periods. “In addition, with this new dual console system, Albany Med will not only be able to perform more robot-assisted surgeries, but better train its surgical residents on how to use this cutting-edge technology,” adds Dr. Stain.
The da Vinci Si robot enables two surgeons to simultaneously operate on a patient while seated at separate consoles viewing a magnified high definition three-dimensional (3D) image. The surgeon’s fingers grasp the master controls and the system translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of the surgical instruments placed inside the patient through 5-12 mm incisions.
The machine comes equipped with enhanced safety features such as a “memory” for surgical site settings. In addition, its updated and simplified user interface enhances operating room efficiency, making it more compatible with existing operating room suite technology. The consoles are ergonomically designed, allowing greater comfort for surgeons during procedures.
The acquisition of this new robot will enhance the Medical Center’s minimally invasive surgical capabilities by increasing the number of prostatectomies, partial nephrectomies, hysterectomies, and colorectal surgeries it performs. The new robot will also allow the Medical Center to eventually perform robotic thoracic and cardiac surgeries as well as possible pediatric procedures in the future due to the smaller port sizes the system uses.
Surgeons at Albany Med began performing robotic-assisted surgery in 2005. The original da Vinci robot is still in use, and is used to perform more than 200 surgeries each year.
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Additional information about Albany Medical Center can be found at www.amc.edu.
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