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NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Showcases Newly Acquired Robotic Surgical System for the Community

Dec 10, 2018

From left, among those from NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County celebrating the new robot were Steven Pulitzer, MD, chief medical officer, Sheldon McLeod, chief executive officer, and Andrew G. Winer, MD, chief of urology, who were joined by Councilmember Mathieu Eugene.
Brooklyn, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County has enhanced its surgical capabilities with the acquisition of the highly advanced da Vinci Robotic Surgical System®, which it shared with the community today through demonstrations. The new da Vinci Robotic Surgical System® is expected to expand surgical care and improve patient outcomes and experience at the hospital.

Demonstrated to the community at the hospital’s inaugural Robot Day, the system is an innovative robotic technology that allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive and complex surgical procedures with precision and dexterity, using smaller surgical incisions, reducing blood loss and the need for transfusion, and accelerating recovery time.

Attendees lent a helping hand to the robot’s four surgical arms.

The da Vinci Robot® has four interactive arms, a high-definition 3D vision system, and an ergonomically designed console that allows surgeons to sit while operating. This state-of-the-art equipment allows surgeons to operate in harder-to-access places during operation. The technology has the power to scale hand movements, eliminating normal human tremors or shaking during surgery, which is an important improvement over traditional surgery. While the term “robot” can be confusing (because some robots act autonomously), the da Vinci Robot® is operated by a trained surgeon who is in control at all times.

“Acquiring the da Vinci Robot System® at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County modernizes the quality care we provide our patients every day,” said Sheldon P. McLeod, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “Robotic surgery will allow our surgeons to improve both their vision of the surgical field and their surgical precision while performing complex and routine surgeries. This advantage strengthens our commitment to providing advanced patient care to the Brooklyn community and beyond.”

In addition to being less invasive than traditional surgery, robotic surgery allows surgeons to see patients’ tissue and organs magnified up to 10 times. Patients are expected to experience minimal incision scarring, shorter hospital stays, reduced pain and discomfort, less need for medication to manage pain, and faster recovery times. Major advantages for surgeons include greater visualization, enhanced agility, and improved accuracy, as well as more comfort. NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County will use the robotic system to perform a multitude of minimally invasive surgeries for complex diseases and conditions in gynecology, urology, and thoracic, general, and colorectal surgery.

“I want to commend NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County CEO Sheldon McLeod and the leadership of this wonderful institution on the acquisition of the da Vinci robot,” said Councilmember Mathieu Eugene. “This is a groundbreaking piece of medical technology that will transform the ability of this medical institution to provide complex surgeries on patients who are in need of urgent care. It will also provide our doctors and surgeons with the ability to improve patient recovery rates while offering specialized medical services close to home. I believe that our health is truly a gift from God, and that we need to improve patient access to quality healthcare regardless of socioeconomic status. I am honored to join NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County today as they welcome this vital resource.”

“Using the da Vinci Robotic System® allows us to bring the most innovative and comprehensive surgical care to our community,” said Steven Pulitzer, MD, chief medical officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. “This advanced equipment will improve our patients’ experience at our hospital and their overall quality of life.”

“Our patients deserve the very best,” said Andrew G. Winer, MD, chief of urology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. “Performing surgeries using the da Vinci Robotic System® is offering them the very best. Robotic surgery is the wave of the future, and we are proud to bring this advanced surgery capability to our patients.”

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is the third facility in the public health system to purchase a da Vinci Robotic System®. Currently, da Vinci robotic surgery is also available at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue (in Manhattan) and NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst (in Queens).

The robot cost $2.1 million, including $1 million from the New York City Council, $900,000 from Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, and the balance from the Mayor’s office.

For more information about surgical care services and the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System® at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, please call 718-245-3080.