2008-02-07 / Medical

Brookdale Goes Hi-Tech Robotic

Looking like something out of a science fiction movie, the 3-D, HD Surgery Robot is ready to be awakened.            Photos by Bennett SilvermanLooking like something out of a science fiction movie, the 3-D, HD Surgery Robot is ready to be awakened. Photos by Bennett Silverman Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center last week became the first hospital in Brooklyn to use the da Vinci S HD System , a new robotic technology for surgeries. The new surgical system integrates 3D HD endoscopy and state-of-the-art robotic technology to virtually extend the surgeon's eyes and hands and ultimately provides patients with a better surgical procedure.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to be the first surgical team in Brooklyn to operate with the da Vinci S model," said Dr. Frederick A. Gulmi, Chairman of Brookdale Hospital's Department of Urology.

The new surgical robotic equipment is designed to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach and gives surgeons greater than twice the viewing resolution and 20 percent more viewing area than standard robotic surgical systems. It also features unparalleled 3D HD visualization, with a panoramic 16:9 aspect ratio.

Brookdale's Robotic Surgery Team.Brookdale's Robotic Surgery Team. "This means improved clarity and detail of tissue planes and anatomy- critical when performing delicate dissection or in reconstructive procedures," said Dr. Gulmi. "Our patients will definitely receive a better operation- one with reduced complications, hospital stays, and recovery time."

Dr. Gulmi and his team of urological nurses, anesthesiologists and technicians will use the new da Vinci S HD for surgical procedures such as prostatectomy. Typically, conventional laparoscopy/prostatectomy requires a three to four day hospital stay and a recovery time from six to eight weeks. In most cases, Dr. Gulmi's patients will only require an overnight stay with a recovery period of two to four weeks.

In addition to urological procedures, Brookdale's team of gynecologists has plans to use the system as well. In the near future, the da Vinci will be also be used to perform general gynecological surgery as well as urogynecology and gynecological oncology procedures.

After the ribbon was cut via Robotic Surgery, officials
did the job by hand. Left to right: Rep. Ed Towns, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblyman Alan Maisel, Dr. Gulmi, and Senator Carl Kruger.After the ribbon was cut via Robotic Surgery, officials did the job by hand. Left to right: Rep. Ed Towns, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblyman Alan Maisel, Dr. Gulmi, and Senator Carl Kruger. Hospital staff, along with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and other elected officials unveiled the new system duringa special ribbon cutting last Thursday.

Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the surgeon's hand movements are scaled, filtered and seamlessly translated into precise movements of the instruments. The net result is an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities.


Dr. Gulmi with his friend and supporter Robert Trump.Dr. Gulmi with his friend and supporter Robert Trump.Chief Medical Officer and Dept. of Surgical Services Chairman Dr. Richard Fogler addresses crowd.Chief Medical Officer and Dept. of Surgical Services Chairman Dr. Richard Fogler addresses crowd.Brookdale President and CEO David Rosen.Brookdale President and CEO David Rosen.

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