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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.

 

Better Visualization

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.

 

Minimal Scarring

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.

 

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Meet the Team

 


Warren Bromberg, MD
Chief, Urology Division; and Director of the Center of Excellence, Director of Prostate Program, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital


 


Elisa Burns, MD
Director of Quality and Outcomes, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital

 


 

 


​Amanda Messina, MD
Chief, General Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital

 


 


​Bruce Molinelli, MD
General Surgeon,
Chief of Acute Care Surgery Program and Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
Program
Northern Westchester Hospital

 


 


​Navid Mootabar, MD
Chief, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Director at Large, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital

 


 

Darren Rohan, MD
Westchester Regional Director of the Thoracic Surgery Program, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital

 

 


F. Michael Shaw, MD
Director of Gynecology Section, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital

 

 


 


Iris Wertheim, MD
Co-Director of the Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital

 

 


 

Gerald Wishner, MD
Director, Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery Program, Co-Director, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital