Robotic-Surgery Program Expands to Meet Growing Demand

Just 10 years ago, Community Medical Center was was the first hospital in Ocean County to introduce robot-assisted surgery. And now, the hospital has invested in a second robot, the da Vinci Xi, to meet rising patient demand. The da Vinci Xi is the latest generation system providing many benefits for patients and surgeons.

“With the doubling of our robotic capabilities, many more area residents can now receive this state-ofthe-art care right here in their own community,” said Yesh Nayak, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Community Medical Center. “This significant investment demonstrates our strong commitment to providing our patients with today’s most advanced care.”

Robotic surgery offers many advantages

This highly precise, minimally invasive form of surgery is revolutionizing care for a widening array of conditions, including cancer, fibroids, hernias and gallbladder disease. Advantages include less pain and bleeding, faster recovery, shorter hospital stays and lower risk of injury or infections, compared to traditional surgery.

Community Medical Center’s expert physicians offer robot-assisted procedures for gynecologic oncology, gynecology, colon surgery, urologic for prostatectomies, intestinal and general for hernia and gallbladder surgery.

How robotic surgery works

Each procedure is performed entirely by the surgeon, who controls the robotic system through a console. The surgeon uses the console’s sensitive hand-grips to precisely maneuver specialized instruments – including a tiny camera and wristed scissors, scalpels and forceps – enabling delicate dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.

The micro-instruments, at the tips of thin robotic “arms,” are placed inside the body through one or more dime-size incisions. The surgeon has enhanced views inside the body via the console’s high-definition, magnified, 3-D monitor. The system provides greater dexterity and range-of-motion than human hands.

Latest advancements

The single-site robotic procedure, the next progression in robotic surgery – uses a single incision through the bellybutton. Offering a virtually scarless result, this surgery can be used in gynecological procedures to remove fibroids and tumors of the uterus, to treat endometriosis and to repair the uterus. Similarly, gallbladder surgery can be performed through a single site robotic-assisted procedure.

Recent developments have made robotic prostateand kidney procedures safer and more effective. The “firefly” system is improving kidney-cancer surgery by helping doctors better distinguish between the tumor and normal tissue. Using a fluorescent dye to color kidney tumors, surgeons can more easily remove all of the cancer and spare as much of the healthy tissue as possible.