Robotic Cancer Surgery

Robotic cancer surgery is a revolutionary approach to the surgical treatment of many types of cancers ranging from urologic and gynecologic, to thoracic and gastrointestinal cancers. Through the use of the ground-breaking technology of the da Vinci® robotic surgery system, cancer surgery patients benefit from the most sophisticated minimally-invasive surgical techniques that lead to improved outcomes and faster post-surgical healing.

Robotic Cancer Surgery – Improved Patient Benefits over Traditional and Laparoscopic Surgery
Compared with traditional open surgery and standard laparoscopic surgery, patients treated with robotic cancer surgery may experience:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

As with other minimally-invasive procedures, robotic cancer surgery requires only small incisions, which minimizes trauma to tissues. Unlike standard laparoscopic techniques, robotic cancer surgery uses customized instruments that are held by a robotic arm and controlled by a trained surgeon at a nearby console. The robotic arm allows for a greater range of motion than a human wrist, offering the surgeon improved dexterity and control, while high-definition images enhance visualization of the surgical field. The greater precision and maneuverability allow the surgeon to perform complex robotic cancer surgery procedures in areas that may be beyond the reach of traditional or standard laparoscopic surgery.

At the Forefront of Robotic Cancer Surgery
The skilled robotics-trained surgeons at the renowned North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute are leaders in minimally invasive and robotic cancer surgery procedures. They have received extensive, advanced training in the intricate techniques of da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery, the most highly developed robotic system available today. Our multi-specialty robotic cancer surgery program is leading the way in treating a wide range of cancers, including:

  • Prostate Cancer – Robotic cancer surgery is ideally suited for prostate cancer, because the target site is not only tightly confined but also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function. The da Vinci® robotic cancer surgery procedure gives your surgeon a better tool to spare surrounding nerves, which may enhance both your recovery experience and clinical outcomes.
  • Kidney Cancer – The heightened precision of robotic kidney cancer surgery results in more precise tumor removal and kidney reconstruction. It also provides an excellent chance of preserving the kidney (in certain operations) and preventing future kidney disease and the need for dialysis.
  • Bladder Cancer – A robotic assisted cystectomy offers patients several potential benefits over open surgery, including significantly less pain and blood loss, earlier return to bowel function, fast return to normal diet and less scarring compared to open surgery.
  • Cervical Cancer – Robotic cancer surgery procedures for cervical cancer include a radical hysterectomy and/or trachylectomy.
  • Uterine or Endometrial Cancer – Uterine cancer, or cancer or the uterus, and endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus) can be treated with robotic cancer surgery procedures including robotic hysterectomies.
  • Ovarian Cancer – Ovarian cancer, or cancer of the ovaries, is surgically treated with minimally invasive robotic procedures.
  • Lung Cancer and Thoracic Tumors  – Robotic cancer surgery procedures can be performed in the case of lung cancer and thoracic tumors that can provide the patient with an easier surgical and post-surgical experience.
  • Colon and Rectal Cancers – Robotic cancer surgery offers an easier surgical and recovery experience for patients undergoing colon cancer surgery or rectal cancer surgery.
  • Pancreatic Cancer – Patients with pancreatic cancer may experience reduced surgical trauma, excellent cancer control, minimal blood loss and fast recovery with robotic assisted whipple procedure or distal pancreatectomy.
  • Esophageal Cancer – If your doctor recommends an esophagectomy (removal of all or part of the esophagus due to cancer) da Vinci® robotic cancer surgery allows the surgeon to perform this operation through a few tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision and control.
  • Splenic Disease – A robotic assisted splenecotomy can be performed safely with robotic cancer surgery.
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer – Robotic adrenalectomy surgery is accomplished successfully with the unparalleled precision of minimally invasive robotic cancer surgery.

Robotic cancer surgery is performed at the following locations:

  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center 
  • North Shore University Hospital 
  • Staten Island University Hospital

Expert Surgeons Fostering Hope through Experience and Innovation
Visit these specialty areas that offer robotic surgery:  UrologyWomen’s HealthGeneral Surgery  and Cardiovascular & Thoracic, and learn about the wealth of expertise available to you or call:

  • Cardiac and Thoracic Services        (855) HEART - 11 or (855) 432-7811
  • Women's Services                              (888) 594-4343
  • Urology                                                  (516) 734-8500

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Last Update

April 16, 2012
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