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State-of-the-Art Robotic Technologies Offer Patients Faster Recovery, Less Pain


Latest daVinci® system and area’s only Sensei robot make for region’s most advanced robotics program at Englewood Hospital

Patients undergoing a variety of minimally invasive procedures at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center now can anticipate less pain and quicker recoveries as a result of two of the most modern robotic technologies available today. Englewood Hospital is the first medical center in the region to use the latest generation of the da Vinci robot and the Sensei Robotic Cather system, innovative tools that allow surgeons and physicians to perform complex minimally invasive procedures with greater precision while speeding patient recovery.  Consequently, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is home to the fastest-growing and most advanced robot-assisted surgical program in the region. 

da Vinci Si HD™ Surgical System

Surgeons at the Medical Center are now performing select procedures using the latest-generation da Vinci® Si HD™ Surgical System. The modern robotic technology provides surgeons with unsurpassed precision, dexterity and control for a range of delicate urological and gynecological procedures in which the target site is not only tightly confined, but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. The technology is well-suited for prostate, kidney, uterine, cervical and ovarian cancer surgery.  For most patients, procedures performed with the new system will see numerous potential benefits including a shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring, less risk of infection, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities.

Initially, Englewood Hospital surgeons are using the system for prostatectomies, hysterectomies, nephrectomies (removal of a diseased or cancerous kidney), pyeloplasties (repair or reconstruction of the renal pelvis), and a range of other urological and gynecological procedures. The technology also can be used for minimally invasive cardiac procedures and a broad range of general surgical procedures including bariatric, esophageal and colorectal surgery.  The da Vinci Surgical System consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance InSite® Vision System and proprietary EndoWrist® instruments, virtually extending the surgeon’s eyes and hands into the surgical field.

Englewood Hospital’s first surgery with the da Vinci system—a radical prostatectomy—was performed in August by urologist Richard Lee, MD, Director of Robotic Surgery at Englewood Hospital, who has since performed subsequent surgeries using the system. “This advanced surgical approach will go far in improving the standard of care for our patients,” said Dr. Lee. “In addition to less scarring and blood loss and a quicker return to normal activities, prostatectomies with this system also can result in improved and early return of sexual function and continence, a major concern for many patients.”  

Patient Trevor Williams of Bergenfield, who underwent a radical prostatectomy performed by Dr. Lee in late August, praised the surgeon’s expertise in using the new system.

“When Dr. Lee explained how using the da Vinci system during this procedure could help speed my healing after surgery, I was very interested,” recalled Williams. “My three brothers had each undergone traditional prostate surgery, so I knew the large incisions and long healing times they had to deal with.”

Unlike his brothers, Williams has only five very small incisions and returned home from the hospital just a day after the procedure. “My pain was minimal, and now, just a little more than a month after my surgery, I can do most of my daily activities,” added Williams. “My brothers are amazed—they weren’t able to do everything I’m doing so soon after their operations.”

Sensei™ Robotic Catheter System

The acquisition of the da Vinci system marks Englewood Hospital’s second foray into robotics technology.  For the past year, numerous patients with cardiac arrhythmias at Englewood Hospital have been treated by physicians using the Sensei™ Robotic Catheter System to treat abnormal and life-threatening heart rhythms.  The Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey and the only facility in Bergen County with the technology.

“The Sensei system has changed the way we perform complex cardiac electrophysiologic procedures at Englewood Hospital,” noted Grant R. Simons, MD, FACC, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Medical Center. “The accuracy and control of the robot provides a higher level of stability in difficult-to-treat locations of the heart and improves the safety and effectiveness of our procedures.”  

The Sensei system was recently upgraded with the latest software to provide enhanced menus and a significantly improved graphic interface for physicians.

“The next-generation graphic interface allows me to navigate the robotic arm using an improved set of visual cues on the monitor,” said Dr. Simons. “That allows me to better visualize where the robotic arm can travel easily and where it cannot travel without coarse adjustments.”

Warren Geller, Chief Operating Officer of Englewood Hospital, affirms that patient and physician access to innovative technologies such as the da Vinci and Sensei systems is an important part of the Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to staying on the leading edge of technological advancements for top-notch patient care. “This technology represents another step forward in transforming and enhancing the healthcare experience for our patients, physicians and surgeons,” he said

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