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Robotic Surgery, Surgeons and Procedures

The latest advance in minimally invasive surgery, known as the da Vinci® Si HD Robotic Surgery System, is hard at work in Winthrop-University Hospital’s operating rooms on Long Island, NY, providing patients with the best possible surgery experiences and outcomes for an increasing number of cancerous and non-cancerous conditions.

Advanced Robotic Surgery on Long Island

Ranked again as one of the “Best Regional Hospitals” for 2013-14 in the New York Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report, Winthrop consistently performs at the leading edge of new technologies that result in exceptional patient care and surgery outcomes.

Minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery uses the latest surgical, endoscopic and robotics technologies to deftly perform both routine and complex surgical procedures with remarkable precision. Even the most complicated procedures are faster and easier, as well as less traumatic for the patient. The robotic surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci robotic system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more exact movements of tiny instruments inside the body. The da Vinci System literally exceeds the limits of the human hand.

Highly Skilled Robotic Surgeons

Winthrop’s top surgeons have extensive training and certification on the da Vinci® Si HD Robotic Surgical System. Since Winthrop-University Hospital was among the first Long Island hospitals to offer the revolutionary da Vinci system in 2010, our physicians represent a world-class team of experienced robotic surgeons.

Eva Chalas, MD, Chief of Gynecological Oncology and Physician Director, Winthrop-University Hospital Cancer Center, emphasized that da Vinci robotic surgery is a far superior approach to [open] surgery. “The [robotic] surgeon’s view of the surgical field exceeds what is achieved with the natural eye,” Dr. Chalas said, “and the control over the instruments is more precise thanks to technology that translates the surgeon’s movements into exquisitely defined movements by the robotic instruments.”

Da Vinci robotic surgeons around the world have successfully performed approximately 1.5 million da Vinci procedures to date.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Procedures

Winthrop’s robotic surgery team regularly performs a broad spectrum of procedures including:

  • Gynecologic Oncology Surgery – Da Vinci offer the least invasive surgical option for complex gynecologic procedures such as hysterectomies and vaginal and uterine prolapse.
  • Prostatectomy – The da Vinci system simplifies previously complicated urologic surgeries. It is used in 4 out of 5 radical prostatectomies in the U.S.
  • Lung Lobectomy – In 2011, Winthrop was the first Long Island hospital to perform a da Vinci-assisted lobectomy.
  • Other robotic surgery procedures include gastric bypass surgery, colon resection and general abdominal surgery.