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Northern Westchester Hospital Colorectal Cancer Surgeon Stresses Importance of Colonoscopy

Posted on: March 21, 2014

Turning 50? It’s Time for a Colonoscopy.

By Dr. Jerald D. Wishner, FACS, FASCRS, Co-Director, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Medical Director, Colorectal Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital

50_Cupcake_HiRezOne of the most common killers is colon cancer, yet fewer than half of eligible Americans get a colonoscopy. It’s a statistic that is really bothersome to me. A colonoscopy is the gold standard of colon cancer screening, and the research proves it saves lives.

Colon cancer begins in polyps inside the colon, and it can take five to eight years to develop. The promise of a colonoscopy is that, if pre-cancerous polyps are found, the doctor can remove them during the procedure. With mammograms, the hope is that you’ll find cancer early; Colonoscopy takes that a step further by actually preventing cancer from developing in the first place by removing these precancerous polyps. Continue reading

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New York Robotic Surgeon on Colonoscopy

Posted on: November 1, 2013

Preventing a Precancerous Polyp from Becoming Colon Cancer

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150,000 new cases of colon & rectal cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Screening to identify early stage tumors or precancerous polyps is critical to optimize the chance to cure this otherwise fatal disease. Colonoscopy is the optimal way to facilitate this. Despite its excellent record for safety and detection of disease, most studies show only 50% of Americans are screened appropriately. Common reasons for lack of screening are fear of the procedure, fear of the prep, embarrassment and lack of information about the safety, need and timing of screening.
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New York Surgeon Discusses Benefits of Laparoscopy for Seniors

Posted on: October 10, 2013

The Benefits of Laparoscopy are Particularly Apparent for Seniors

by Jerald Wishner, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Co-Director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at NWH.

Wishner,(Jerald Wishner, MD)Laparoscopic surgery offers many advantages when compared to similar procedures performed through a large open incision. Patients undergoing a laparoscopic surgery experience:

  • less pain
  • earlier return of intestinal function
  • earlier ambulation
  • shorter hospitals stays
  • earlier return to their baseline activities

These advantages can be particularly important to the elderly. Continue reading

Dr. Jerald Wishner Explains How a Progressive Surgical System Robot Improves Colorectal Surgery and More

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.

Wishner,(Jerald Wishner, MD)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. Continue reading

Training Simulator at Northern Westchester Hospital Helps NY Surgeons Refine Robotic Surgery Skills

Posted on: November 6, 2012

An Interview with Dr. Jerald Wishner

The Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery (IRMIS) at Northern Westchester Hospital offers many patients an effective alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy with the da Vinci® Surgical System. Jerald Wishner, MD, Medical Director of the Colorectal Cancer Program at Northern Westchester Hospital, and Co-Director of IRMIS shares some of the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery and the intensive training required by surgeons to use this leading technology…. Continue reading