The Technology of the Center

Is one of your patients facing surgery? If so, here are some things you should know about the Robotic Surgery Center at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Not only does NYU Langone have some of the most experienced robotic surgeons in the nation, dating back to the installation of our first da Vinci robot in 2004, but our surgeons have also been using Intuitive Inc.'s most advanced surgical robot, the da Vinc Si, for two years since acquiring it in 2008—longer than any other medical center in the New York metropolitan area. In July 2010, with the acquisition of our second da Vinci Si, NYU Langone became one of only two medical centers in the New York area to have a pair of these state-of-the-art devices.

We have a dedicated robotic surgery operating room where the da Vinci Si is housed permanently. This has enabled us to create a surgical environment ideally tailored to the requirements of robotic procedures, while also ensuring maximum efficiency and familiarity on the part of our surgical team.

Our center's anesthesiologists, operating-room nurses and surgical technicians are devoted exclusively to robot-assisted surgery. They have all undergone specialized training in robotic surgical techniques, are highly experienced in the full range of robotic procedures, and assist in performing robotic surgery cases on a daily basis.

Our robotic surgeons are among the very best at what they do. Our physicians are developing and refining cutting-edge robotic procedures for a range of conditions, including:

  • Uterine fibroids and endometriosis
  • Leaky mitral valves
  • Coronary artery blockages
  • Pelvic organ prolapse and blockages of the urinary tract
  • Urologic cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder and adrenal glands
  • Uterine, endometrial, cervical and early-stage ovarian cancer
  • Colorectal, esophageal and stomach cancer, as well as cancers of the liver and bile duct

Robotic surgery offers the best of all worlds. Because it is minimally invasive, patients experience minimal trauma, scarring and post-surgical pain, and recover significantly faster than they would from an equivalent open procedure. Yet the precision and maneuverability of the da Vinci Si's instruments, which our surgeons operate using fingertip control, allow us to perform complex procedures with a dexterity equivalent to open surgery.

We are also committed to maintaining our leadership position in the field of robot-assisted surgery. Our surgeons are continually refining and extending the applications of robotic technology, while also training and mentoring our younger surgeons in the use of robotic procedures. In addition, the da Vinci Si robot itself has been designed in a way that lets us adopt new robotic capabilities as they are developed—ensuring that, where robotic surgery is concerned, NYU Langone's surgeons will always be on the cutting edge.