"Robotic surgery” does not mean that a robot is at the controls. It is more accurately defined as robot-assisted surgery. A surgeon controls robotic and computer technologies that are used during surgery.
In robotic surgery, a thin tube with a camera attached to the end of it (an endoscope) is inserted into the body. It allows the surgeon to view highly magnified three-dimensional images of the interior of the body (the surgical site) on a monitor in real time. The surgery is performed while the surgeon is seated at a computer console next to the patient, using hand controls that translate hand, wrist and finger movements into matching, exact, real-time movements made by the robot inside the patient’s body. It projects a magnified three-dimensional image of the surgical site instead of two-dimensional view, and allows for much more precise manipulation of tissue than other instruments.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens is one of a very few hospitals in the metropolitan area to have the robotic da Vinci® Surgical System, and is the only one to have two consoles. The dual controls allow two surgeons to operate at the same time for the most complex surgeries.
Advanced medical training in order to perform robotic surgery. NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens performs robotics surgery for the treatment of urologic and gynecologic conditions.