Robotic Surgery: Northern Westchester Hospital
We’re raising the bar in the OR.
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) surgeons are internationally recognized for their pioneering work with leading-edge robotic technologies. They routinely perform highly advanced robotic surgeries with greater precision, enhanced visualization, and smaller incisions. That means less pain, less scarring and shorter recovery times.
The Surgical Review Corporation, an internationally recognized health care leader committed to advancing the safety, efficiency, and efficacy of surgical care worldwide, has recognized NWH as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery.
The Robotic Surgery Program at NWH includes a Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery, a Dual Training Epicenter for Colorectal Surgery and General Surgery, as well as expertise in single-incision gynecologic procedures.
A Higher Level of Precision
NWH surgeons use miniaturized surgical instruments that fit through a series of quarter-inch incisions. When performing surgery with the da Vinci robot—the world’s most advanced surgical robot—these miniaturized instruments are mounted on three separate robotic arms, allowing the surgeon maximum range of motion and precision.
Every movement a surgeon makes with the master controls is replicated precisely by the robot. When necessary, the surgeon can even change the scale of the robot’s movements: If he selects a three-to-one scale, the tip of the robot’s arm will move just one inch for every three inches the surgeon’s hand moves.
The da Vinci has a magnified high-definition 3-D camera that literally places NWH surgeons inside the patient, giving them a better, more detailed 3-D view of the operating site than the human eye can provide.
Fluorescence imaging further enhances this unmatched vision, precision and control of minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery. This state-of-the-art imaging technology at NWH helps surgeons clearly identify and remove cancerous tissue while preserving as much normal tissue as possible.
In order to successfully perform surgery using only a few small incisions, the surgical tools need to be tiny and state-of-the-art. Surgeons undergo specialized training to manipulate this technology, which offers seven degrees of motion — far beyond the limits of the human hand. Robotics has been instrumental at NWH – surgeons are able to perform highly complex and intricate surgeries with far less scarring, less pain and shorter recovery time for patients of all ages.