Robotic surgery is the next generation of minimally invasive surgery, which utilizes a high-level computer system to dramatically enhance visualization, precision, control and dexterity during surgery. As a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery, robotic surgery eases the recovery for patients because they spend less time in the hospital, experience less pain and recover faster. The advent of robotic surgery, introduced at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2002, at Monmouth Medical Center in 2006, Community Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Centers in 2007, and Clara Maass Medical Center in 2012 has changed the landscape of medicine and promises to shape the future with increasingly streamlined procedures. The technology, combined with the skillful hand of the surgeon, has raised the standard of care for complex surgeries while affording patients dramatic benefits. Our robotic surgery program performs the broadest range of robotic surgeries with specialties including general surgery, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, adult and pediatric urology, thoracic and cardiology.
In a robotic surgical procedure, a computer is positioned between the surgeon's hands and the tips of microinstruments, giving surgeons the control, range of motion and 3-D visualization characteristic of open surgery. The techniques allow the surgeon to operate through several small incisions about the size of a dime. Robotic surgery allows surgeons to operate through infinitely smaller incisions, resulting in significantly less pain, scarring and recovery time for patients. In addition to a shorter hospital stay, the minimally invasive approach offers other advantages to patients including less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions and a quicker return to normal activities. For the surgeon, the computer-enhanced technology and robotic precision ensure a level of surgical precision never before possible. The use of robotics is changing medicine dramatically. As the technology continues to advance and patients experience the benefits of robotic surgery, the demand for robotic procedures continues to increase.
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