Site selection was based on breadth of experience in robotic surgery. The medical center’s five urologic surgeons have performed a combined total of over 8,500 robotic surgeries, which places the team well within the top echelon in the field.
The da Vinci SP system includes three, multi-jointed, wristed instruments and the first da Vinci fully wristed 3D HD camera. The technology’s revolutionary design enables single port surgery, narrow access surgery, triangulation and 360-degree rotation. To date the team has used the new technology to perform:
Ureteroplasty with mucosal graft
“Surgical outcomes have been excellent, with zero conversions to multi-port or open surgical alternatives,” said Michael Stifelman, M.D., chair of Urology and director of Robotic Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center. “The da Vinci SP technology is transformative as it enables our surgeons to perform the most complex surgeries in the hardest to reach places, using just one small incision.”
The FDA recently cleared the da Vinci SP for radical tonsillectomy and tongue base resection, and the medical center’s otolaryngology (ENT) specialists will begin using the single port technology by summer 2019.
“We are extremely excited to be able to use the new robot for throat and tongue cancer surgeries,” said Brian E. Benson, M.D., interim chair, Department of Otolaryngology, Hackensack University Medical Center. “The flexibility of these instruments will give us tremendous advantages over the older technology, allowing us to work easily within a very small space. Finally, this technology is something that works well for ENT procedures.”
The availability of this new technology to treat tonsil and tongue cancer is especially timely, as Dr. Benson explains, “We are seeing a significant spike in tonsil cancer cases related to HPV. In fact, these cancers are outnumbering HPV cervical cancers. These patients are young, and it is important that we be able to operate on them so they can preserve their function and avoid getting radiation and chemotherapy treatment, which could have long term side effects as they get older.”
Hackensack University Medical Center anticipates additional submissions for FDA approval in a number of specialties, including colorectal surgery. When approved, the colorectal team expects to begin using the new platform as soon as possible. “All of our surgeons, regardless of their specialty, are always eager to use the latest and most effective technology to improve patient care,” said Dr. Stifelman. “Innovation is in our DNA.”
About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 34,100 team members and more than 6,500 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as one of the top two hospitals in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospital rankings. It was also named one of the top five New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth for the sixth consecutive year, and received 25 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.