Robot demonstration at Norwalk Hospital on May 14th
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Apr 20, 2009 - 8:27 AM

Surgeons present on robotic surgery

Could you imagine what it would be like to operate a robot? Both adults and children will have the opportunity to do just that during a demonstration of the daVinci Robotic Surgical System at Norwalk Hospital on Thursday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the main lobby. This community health education event is being offered as a public service to provide information about the new and expanding field of robotic surgery. Norwalk Hospital doctors will be presenting informal educational programs in the lobby during the day.

Norwalk Hospital urologists and gynecologists use the high definition daVinci Robotic Surgical System for urological and gynecological surgeries. According to Jonathan E. Bernie, M.D., Chief of Robotic Surgery at Norwalk Hospital, "The daVinci Surgical System is a great benefit to our patients because it provides 3-D visualization and greater precision enabling the surgeon to perform complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach."

Norwalk Hospital Gynecologists John M. Garofalo, MD, and Adam Ofer, M.D., said that robotic surgery enhances surgical capabilities and can improve clinical outcomes for patients. Research has shown that patients experience less blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery and return to normal daily activities.

The DaVinci robot at Norwalk Hospital is used in urological surgery for the treatment of prostate cancer and for gynecological surgical procedures including treatment for fibroids, endometriosis and pelvic organ prolapse. The robot allows the surgeon to view anatomical structures clearly and perform a precise surgical procedure through small incisions. By using the robotic surgical system, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon's fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

Many surgical procedures performed today using standard laparoscopic technique may be performed more quickly and easily using the daVinci Surgical System. This is because robotic surgery delivers increased clinical capability while maintaining the same "look and feel" of open surgery. Traditional laparoscopy has never become widely applied outside a limited set of routine procedures. Only a select group of highly skilled surgeons routinely attempt complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach. The daVinci Surgical System now allows surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally invasive approach ? routinely and with confidence.

A number of procedures that could not be performed using traditional minimally invasive technologies can now be performed using robotic surgery. The advanced feature set and extensive EndoWrist ® instrumentation of the daVinci Surgical System enable surgeons to perform more procedures through 1-2 cm incisions. This enables us to provide patients with the latest in high tech surgery while maintaining the individualized and personalized care of a community hospital setting, Dr. Bernie said.

A board-certified urologist in practice with Urology Associates of Norwalk, Dr. Bernie is fellowship-trained in robotic surgery. He received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and completed his medical training in general surgery and urology at the University of California, San Diego, and served as a Fellow in Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery at Indiana University.

Dr. Garofalo is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. He completed his medical training at Beth Israel Hospital in New York and is in private practice at 30 Stevens Street in Norwalk.

Dr. Ofer is in practice with the Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology. After graduating from SUNY at Syracuse, Dr. Ofer completed medical training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

For more information about robotic surgery, please attend the May 14th event, or call the Norwalk Hospital Community Relations Department at (203) 852-2250.

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