Robotic Assisted Surgery

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What is Robotic Assisted Surgery?
Robotic surgery has evolved from traditional laparoscopic surgey - a minimally invasive technique that allows surgeons to operate in the belly distended with air to allow for a working space.  Instead of big, open incisions to reach organs, laparoscopic surgery allows for tiny incisions, finer tissue manipulation and therefore, a quicker time to heal. This type of surgery is performed using The da Vinci ® Surgical System. Robotic-Assisted procedures are quickly becoming the favored approach for surgeons. To learn more, visit our FAQ page here.

Robotic Assisted Surgery takes traditional laparoscopic surgery to the 21st Century.

Please undertsand these key points of robotic assisted surgery:

  • The surgeon has control over all four of the robots arms
  • The robot does NOT peform surgery without the surgeons control
  • Essentially, the robot is an extension of the suregon's hands

What are the advantages or Robotic Assisted Surgery?

For Patients For Surgeons
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Decreased pain
  • Minimal scarring
  • Faster healing
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Improved outcomes
  • More detailed, 3-D view of the operating site
  • Increased precision
  • Removes surgeon hand tremors
  • Minimizes surgeon fatigue

Which conditions are treated using Robotic Assisted Surgery?

Urologic Condition Type of Robotic Surgery
Bladder Cancer Robotic Cystectomy
Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer Robotic Nephroureterectomy
Kidney Cancer Robotic Partial Nephrectomy
Prostate Cancer Robotic Prostatectomy
Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction Robotic Pyeloplasty
Urinary Incontinence Robotic Sacrocolpopexy

Meet our Expert Robot Assisted Surgeons:
Stony Brook Urology prides itself on providing the most up to date surgical therapy for any urologic condition, whether it is benign or malignant. Our robotic assisted surgery experts have completed fellowships in robotics and urologic cancer. 

Wayne C. Waltzer, MD, FACS
Professor & Chairman of Urology
Kidney Transplantation
Urologic Oncology
John FItzgerald
John Fitzgerald, MD, MSCI
Assistant Professor
General Urology
Urologic Oncology

Robotic Surgery
David Golombos, MD
Assistant Professor
General Urology
Urologic Oncology

Robotic Surgery
Jason Kim
Jason M. Kim, MD

Assistant Professor
Female Urology
Voding Dysfunction
Pelvic Floor Reconstruction
Massimiliano Spaliviero, MD
Assistant Professor
General Urology
Urologic Oncology

Robotic Surgery
Steven Weissbart
Steven Weissbart, MD

Assistant Professor
Female Urology
Voding Dysfunction
Pelvic Floor Reconstruction