Belleville, NJ – Surgeons at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) have begun performing robotic-assisted surgeries , with the aid of the daVinci Surgery System, designed to provide patients with minimally-invasive surgery using state-of-the-art technology.
Clara Maass Medical Center utilizes the daVinci Si, which is the latest version of the advanced robotics surgery system, and its doctors began performing surgeries with the robot in late November.
Decca Mohammed, MD, an OB-GYN, has performed over 100 robotic-assisted surgeries and completed the first surgery at Clara Maass Medical Center using the daVinci robot. “It’s incredible,” she said. “The visual is far superior compared to the traditional laparoscopic and even the naked eye.”
The daVinci Si robot, a surgical system worth over $2 million, is made up of two major components. It has a console feature the surgeons use to operate the robot and a patient side cart with four features – three robotic arms with micro-instruments, and a fourth arm with a high-definition magnifying camera that projects images in both HD and 3D. The micro-instruments, which have 360-degree rotation, precisely mimic the movements of the surgeons.
“The wristed instruments enable me to perform more complex gynecological procedures and allow me to offer this minimally-invasive approach to more patients,” said Dr. Mohammed. The surgeries are projected on a large screen that magnifies images to three times their normal size. In addition, surgeons are seated at an ergonomically-designed console, which gives them physical support during the surgeries.
Surgeons can perform a variety of procedures with the aid of the daVinci surgical robot, including gynecological, urological, and nephrological surgeries, just to name a few. The surgeries are done in a less invasive manner. The incisions are very small, which helps reduce the risk of infection and the amount of bleeding, and allows patients a quicker recovery time and shorter hospital stay.
“My patients resume their daily functions a lot quicker, often going back to work within three weeks of surgery,” said Dr. Mohammed. She added that the daVinci robot offers patients an alternative to open and traditional laparoscopic surgical methods and the demand for the robotic-assisted, minimally-invasive surgeries is growing.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer our patients this advanced, leading-edge technology,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D, President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Maass Medical Center. “Our highly-skilled surgeons now have an additional resource at their disposal and our surgical patients will have a safe and less invasive experience that will allow them to return to their regular lives more quickly.”
Clara Maass Medical Center joins other Barnabas Health facilities in offering this advanced surgical technology to its patients.
Clara Maass Medical Center has won numerous awards and accolades.It is ranked among the 50 Best Regional Hospitals in the New York Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report. It has received a Grade “A” in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group. HealthGrades awarded Clara Maass an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award. Thomson Reuters named Clara Maass among the top 100 hospitals nationwide in 2012, one of only three hospitals in New Jersey to attain the distinction. In addition, Clara Maass won the Thomson Reuters Everest Award, one of 12 hospitals in the United States to do so. Clara Maass Medical Center was ranked as the second highest in New Jersey for hospital safety by Consumer Reports. It is ranked top in the state for the treatment of Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Attacks by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.
Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass’ centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call
1-888-724-7123 or visit www.barnabashealth.org
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December 10, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Moore
Director, Public Relations and Marketing
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