Clinical Specialties

Robotic Surgery

The team of Robotic Surgeons at CareMount Medical’s Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence is among the most experienced in the Hudson Valley Region serving Westchester, Putnam & Dutchess Counties with state-of-the-art compassionate care. We specialize in all types of general surgery as well as many specialties as you can see below.

The latest in minimally invasive procedures and robotics

The physicians at our Robotic Surgery Center of Excellence utilize the latest in minimally invasive surgical procedures including robotics with the da Vinci Surgical System, to treat a wide range of medical conditions.

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally Invasive surgery is typically performed through small incisions rather than large incisions. This results in potentially shorter recovery times, fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay, and reduced overall pain.

Where can I get more detailed information regarding minimally invasive surgery for my condition?
CareMount Medical is proud to offer minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System for the treatment of kidney and prostate cancer right here in the Hudson Valley.

Why is a robot used during surgery?
In traditional open surgery, the physician makes a long incision to access the anatomy. In robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, the physician operates a hand-operated instrument similar to a joy stick which provides the ability to delicately control surgical instruments with precision and dexterity. This, together with magnified views of the surgical site, provides optimal operating conditions for greatly improved outcomes and reduced recovery times.

What are the benefits of da Vinci Surgery compared to traditional methods of surgery?
Benefits to the patient may include:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer transactions
  • Reduced scarring
  • Faster recover
  • Faster return to normal daily activities.

Benefits to the surgeon include:

  • Greater surgical precision
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved dexterity and accuracy
  • Enhanced visualization of and improved access to the surgical site

How experienced are the physicians at CareMount Medical with robotic surgery and the da Vinci Surgical System?
The da Vinci Surgical System is being used locally by our urologists at Northern Westchester Hospital and Putnam Hospital Center. These specialists are among the first to begin using the da Vinci Surgical System and they have actually trained other physicians on this state-of-the-art robotic technology. Collectively, they are leaders in the field of robotic assisted surgery for prostate and kidney sparing procedures having performed over 1,000 robotic procedures and are regularly featured as “TOP DOCS” in Westchester Magazine and New York Magazine.

How experienced are your surgeons in performing procedures related to prostate and kidney cancer?
As noted above, our surgeons are leaders in the field of minimally invasive robotic surgery. This includes procedures involving prostate and kidney cancer.

Has the da Vinci Surgical System been cleared by the FDA?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the da Vinci Surgical System for a wide range of procedures and the system is in use worldwide.

Who performs the procedure?
CareMount Medical’s of board certified physicians are with you every step of the way and will be performing the procedure themselves. They are experts in their field and for an overview of their credentials, please click here.

What procedures are performed using the da Vinci Surgical System?
CareMount Medical physicians utilize this highly sophisticated robotic surgical system to perform a wide range of urologic surgeries which are listed below. We are also leaders in the field kidney sparing surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System.

  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Pelvic lymphadenectomy
  • Radical nephrectomy
  • Radical nephroureterectomy
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Ureterectomy
  • Ureterovesical reimplant
  • Renal cystectomy
  • Bladder diverticulectomy
  • Partial cystectomy

Should everyone with kidney or prostate cancer get a second opinion?
Many people with cancer get a second opinion from another doctor before deciding on treatment. Here are some of the many reasons to get a second opinion:

  • You are not comfortable with the treatment decision.
  • You have a rare type of cancer.
  • There are different ways to treat the cancer.
  • You are not able to see a cancer expert.
  • Your health insurance requires a second opinion before treatment is started.

Is da Vinci Surgery covered by insurance?
da Vinci Surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, so any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers the surgery. This is true for widely held insurance plans like Medicare. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package. For specifics regarding reimbursement for da Vinci Surgery, or if you have been denied coverage, please call the Reimbursement Hotline at 1-888-868-4647 ext. 3128. From outside the United States, please call 33-1-39-04-26-90.

How do I know this procedure is right for me and the symptoms I experience?
For any questions or concerns that you might have for yourself or a loved one, please call us at 914-242-1520 to schedule a consultation. Our surgeons offer flexible scheduling options to meet your personal needs.

Cancer Center Referral Phone Number: 1-844-484-3292