NEWARK, NJ – Students from two New Jersey schools will get the rare opportunity to observe a live robotic surgery procedure next month when Newark Beth Israel Medical Center teams up with Liberty Science Center in the center’s popular “Live From” interactive educational program.
On May 1, students from Christ Church School in Teaneck and Weequahic School in Newark will view the robotic surgical procedure in real time from video screens in the Medical Center’s auditorium. This is the first time the Liberty Science Center “Live From… ” program has featured a robotic procedure.
Robotic surgery offers a whole new frontier in the marriage of technology and medicine. Since the inception of its robotic surgery program in 2003, Newark Beth Israel surgeons have performed more than 1,000 procedures using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Physicians at Newark Beth Israel currently perform robotic surgery in more specialties than any other facility in the nation, including adult cardiac, adult urology, pediatric urology, gynecology, gynecologic oncology and general surgery.
“Robotic surgery is the wave of the future in surgical medicine,” says Paul Mertz, CEO of Newark Beth Israel. “And these students are the wave of the future as well. Our partnership with the Liberty Science Center will open the eyes of the young people in our state to the possibilities around them.”
As the Liberty Science Center prepares for its grand reopening in July 2007, it has been doubling its efforts at science education outreach through such pioneering techniques as the Electronic Field Trip, allowing students to receive interactive lessons or witness real time operations through video conferencing. On May 1st, students at The Beth will be watching a simultaneous broadcast of a robotic hysterectomy being performed upstairs by Dr. Michael Pitter.
The da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System gives surgeons the control, range of motion and 3-D visualization that is characteristic of open surgery. Robotic-assisted surgery incorporates techniques that allow the surgeon to operate through several small incisions about the size of a dime. Patients who undergo robotic-assisted surgery experience less bleeding, pain, and scarring, as well as reduced recovery times.
“By showing kids in our neighborhood what our doctors are doing, we demonstrate that they can continue their interest in robotics, science, technology and health care after they finish school,” says Mertz. “The ever expanding fields of medical devices, training and technological innovations are opening up a large number of career options for New Jersey students, careers they can pursue in their own back yards at Centers like The Beth.”
About Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center physicians perform robotic
surgery in more specialties than any other facility in the nation. The hospital also has the area's only Robotic Training Center, where surgeons from around the world are undergoing training in advanced robotic-assisted surgical techniques. For
more information about robotic surgery performed at Newark Beth
Israel, visit www.thebethrobot.com.
Date : April 4, 2007
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