Next Generation Surgical System Fosters Teamwork at Trinitas Regional Medical Center

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ELIZABETH–Trinitas Regional Medical Center has added the da Vinci® SiT Surgical System to its already enhanced ability to perform less-invasive surgeries.

In Trinitas operating rooms since early 2009, the da Vinci system has been used in general surgery as well as gynecological and urological procedures. In 2011, the first robotic bariatric surgery in New Jersey was performed at Trinitas.

This latest version of the da Vinci® Surgical System now puts surgeons’ hands at dual controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform, giving them an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy surgical procedures.

“We believe that the new features of the da Vinci® SiT System will help us provide the best possible outcomes and is proof of our commitment to provide our community access to the latest advancements in minimally invasive surgery,” explained Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Trinitas is currently one of the busiest medical centers on the East Coast in the performance of gynecological surgeries using the daVinci system. It is also identified as one of the leading daVinci teaching facilities for surgeons in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

“We have realized that the two consoles enable us to schedule ‘hybrid’ procedures, where two surgeons work together at once,” says Dr. Labib Riachi, Interim Chairman of the OB/GYN Department at Trinitas. “With a single console, one surgeon would have to step away to allow another surgeon to step in. With two, this is not an issue. The benefit to the patient is immeasurable.”

Another advantage of having two consoles is in training doctors in robotic applications. “While one surgeon performs a procedure,” Dr. Riachi explains, “the other can appreciate both visually and manually what we are doing. There is also amazing simulator software that enables trainees to teach themselves on a ‘virtual’ patient.” All of this happens in three dimensions — with 10X magnification and 360-degree rotation. This enables doctors to identify structures (such as small blood vessels and nerves) they couldn’t fully appreciate with traditional laparoscopic methods, and also perform suturing more efficiently.

Trinitas OB/GYN physician Dr. David Herzog who uses the system for a number of procedures, including hysterectomies, notes that the movements of the robotic instruments perfectly mimic the surgeon’s hand movements. “The robot has allowed us to perform complex surgeries through tiny incisions which, in the past, would have necessitated large, painful incisions,” Dr. Herzog explains. “These tiny incisions make the recovery process quick and comfortable. So in the case of a hysterectomy, this enables my patients to return to work usually within one week, as opposed to eight weeks after the classic incision procedure.”

The technology is constantly improving, he adds. “And that translates into excitement for the doctors and great care for the patients.”


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