Robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System allows laparoscopic (“minimally invasive”) surgery to be performed with the precision of open surgery. Patients can expect smaller, more cosmetic incisions, less bleeding, less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to work or school.
The da Vinci Surgical System allows the physician to control “wristed” instruments from a nearby console. These instruments respond directly to the surgeon’s movements. This allows the surgeon to operate on the structure that is abnormal, while sparing delicate nerves to maintain normal function and avoiding injury to blood vessels to minimize bleeding.
Dr. Andrew Bernstein is Director of Robotic Surgery for the Consultants in Urology Division of the Premier Urology Group. He is also Chief of the Department of Robotic Surgery at Overlook Hospital (Summit, NJ). In addition, he performs robotic and minimally invasive surgery at St. Michael’s Medical Center, Trinitas Regional Medical Center and St. Barnabas Medical Center. He has performed hundreds of minimally invasive and robotic procedures including:
- radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer
- radical nephrectomy & partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer
- pyeloplasty for an obstructed kidney
- sacrocolpopexy for vaginal prolapse
If you have any one of these, consider a consultation with Premier Urology to discuss your options and to learn if robotic surgery is right for you.