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NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst Uses Robotic Technology to Improve Women’s Health

Elmhurst becomes first public hospital in New York City to use da Vinci robot to perform minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

Hospital uses robotic surgery to treat gynecologic cancers, pelvic floor disorders, and other reproductive health conditions

Oct 24, 2016

New York, NY

The recent installation of a state-of-the-art da Vinci robot at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is dramatically expanding gynecologic treatment options for women in Queens. Long a leader in providing high-quality health care to the borough’s women, Elmhurst is using the new technology in the minimally invasive surgical removal of benign and cancerous tumors of the uterus and other parts of the female reproductive system. The robotic technology is also being used in pelvic floor reconstruction.
Elmhurst had previously pioneered an earlier version of the da Vinci robot, which was used only by its urologists for the removal of cancerous prostate, bladder, and kidney growths and the treatment of other urologic disorders. The addition of the more advanced robotic system has allowed for the expansion of treatment options to include gynecology. The hospital anticipates doing 100 gynecologic procedures annually, as well as other urologic procedures.
“We’re excited about being able to expand the use of the da Vinci robot to help women seeking treatment for gynecologic cancers and other conditions,” said Dr. Barry Brown, Elmhurst’s Director of OB/GYN Services. “Robotic surgery has several important benefits, including faster recovery times and less blood loss. Women who in the past would have been hospitalized for a week are now able to go home in a day.”
Other advantages of robot-assisted surgery include smaller surgical incisions, less pain, less risk of infection, and an earlier return to normal daily activities.
For more information about robotic surgery and Women’s Health Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, please call 718-334-4000.


Contact: Atiya Butler, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, 718-334-1259
Jennifer Bender, NYC Health + Hospitals, 212-788-3339