Albany, NY – St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) has achieved a rare milestone in minimally invasive surgery – 20,000 robot-assisted procedures. With this, SPHP joins a group of just 26 health systems worldwide to achieve this distinction using computer-enhanced da Vinci surgical systems.
This achievement confirms SPHP’s leadership in minimally invasive robotic surgery in the metropolitan area and reflects its dedication to improving patients’ lives through the latest technology.
said James K. Reed, MD and CEO, SPHP: “What this shows is that SPHP continues to be at the forefront of bringing cutting-edge technologies to our patients.” “Through the use of robotics, we have been able to reduce length of stay and reduce complications in many complex critical surgeries. This is medicine at its best. It is very personal, empathetic, and allows us to care for our community in the best way possible.”
St. Peter’s Hospital pioneered minimally invasive surgery when it became the first hospital in the region to use a computer-enhanced da Vinci surgical system after acquiring one in 2004. Thanks to the generosity of community benefactors, SPHP has since been able to acquire a total of six da Vinci robots and expand Minimally invasive surgery program at Samaritan Hospital.
This expanded reach has allowed SPHP to bring the most advanced, minimally invasive technologies to patients and has established SPHP as one of the nation’s leaders in robotic surgery. Saint Peter and Samaritan Hospitals perform the highest number of robotic procedures in the metropolitan area with Saint Peter’s Hospital ranking in the top 1% of total robotic surgery volume across more than 2,400 hospitals in the United States.
“The robot has become an invaluable and essential tool for minimally invasive surgeons in terms of the different opportunities and different procedures that we can now explore,” said Jason Heckman, Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at St Peter’s Hospital.
Da Vinci surgical systems combine robotics and highly advanced computer technology with the skills of a surgeon. The systems allow surgeons to see and move in three dimensions, giving them the ability to perform precise operations with great precision but requiring only small surgical incisions. By avoiding the large incisions of open surgery, this computer-assisted microsurgery helps avoid many complications and speeds up the patient’s recovery. It is used to treat a wide range of medical conditions.
In SPHP, the robotic surgery program encompasses several surgical specialty areas, including general surgery. Colon and rectum. Women disease. Gynecological tumors. Liver and pancreas. Urology. obesity; And my chest. Most of the procedures performed involve hysterectomies and hernias, as well as those involving prostate cancer, breast cancer, cancer of the female urinary tract, colon cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and bladder cancer.
“We are incredibly proud to be the local and national leader in robotic surgery, and to offer our patients these advanced, high-quality, world-class surgical procedures so they can get back – faster than ever before – to the life they love,” said Christopher Bloss, Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Hospital. Samaritan.
“Ultimately, the success of the procedure depends on the skill, knowledge, and experience of the surgeon and surgical team,” said Stephen Hanks, chief operating officer of SPHP and St. Joseph’s Health System. “We are fortunate at SPHP because we have all of that. Our surgical team members including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, patient care techs, and clinical leaders, are all well-trained and highly skilled – and have performed over 20,000 surgeries – are the best at what they do. We are They are all very grateful for their hard work and dedication to our patients and our community.”
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