Posted on: July 12, 2013
NWH Adds Innovative Surgical Robot for Minimally Invasive Surgery
by Jerald Wishner, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Co-Director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at NWH.
A recent article in MD News chronicles the latest move by NWH to ensure that colorectal surgery and other laparoscopic procedures performed at Northern Westchester Hospital is more precise than even more. Using the da Vinci Surgical System Robot is paramount for NWH surgeons. This pioneering instrument is proving to be an appreciated top choice for the department, and perhaps a game changer for doctors at NWH in Westchester County.
I’ve been performing surgery for 20 years, and the visualization with the daVinci is better than anything I’ve ever seen, either in open surgery using big incisions or laparoscopic procedures before we had the robotIn a field where diminutive millimeters can have a major impact on surgical outcomes, this newly adopted system at NWH allows for him and other laparoscopic surgeons to be more accurate, perhaps resulting in less pain for the patient and fewer inaccuracies during minimally invasive surgery. I think I owe it to patients, when they come to see me in the office, to offer them all possible options. I sit down with the patient, and together we figure out which option makes the most sense. I would be doing the patient a disservice by not offering the most state-of-the-art opportunities for minimally invasive procedures.
Editor’s Note: Jerald Wishner, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is co-director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northern Westchester. Read more about this cutting-edge addition to Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital in MD News.