Robotic Surgery Means Less Pain, Faster Healing, and a Quicker Return to Normal Activities 

Our robotic surgical teams, across all our locations, use robotic technology to perform a range of surgeries in 11 specialties, including:
  • Bariatric (Weight-loss)
  • Cardiology
  • Colorectal
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • General surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Gynecology/oncology
  • Hepato-pancreato-biliary
  • Thoracic
  • Urology
  • Urogynecology
Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery during which doctors use very small surgical instruments and a camera that fit into a patient’s body through incisions that are less than a half-inch long. 

The advantages of robotic surgery may include:

  • Smaller incisions and less tissue damage
  • Increased precision for complex surgeries
  • Decreased blood loss (and reduced need for transfusions)
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Smaller scars, both external and internal
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

When You Should Consider Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is used to treat the following conditions:

  • Abdominal hernias
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Bladder cancer
  • Bladder prolapse
  • Bile duct conditions
  • Cervical cancer
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Diverticulitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Fibroids
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Hiatal hernias
  • Incontinence 
  • Kidney cancer
  • Larynx cancer
  • Liver conditions
  • Obesity
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pelvic organ prolapse 
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic reconstruction 
  • Prostate cancer
  • Reflux disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stomach cancer
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Testicular cancer
  • Throat (oropharynx and pharynx) cancers
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Tongue cancers
  • Ureter cancer
  • Uterine bleeding 
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Ureteral reflux
  • Ureteral stricture
  • Ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction 

Our Robotic Surgery Program Keeps Getting Better

  • Across the Hackensack Meridian Health network, our surgeons have performed more than 30,000 robotic procedures in 11 specialties.
  • Robotic surgery is performed at seven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals serving all of New Jersey.
  • Hackensack University Medical Center’s Center of Excellence for Robotics is among the top three biggest robotic surgery programs in the New York metropolitan area. 
  • Surgeons throughout the world receive training from our surgeons on the latest advances in robotic surgical techniques and procedures.

  • Hackensack Meridian Health performs robotic surgery for emergency patients, as well as those who come to the hospital for scheduled procedures. This means that all patients have access to the benefits of this surgery: less bleeding, less pain and faster healing.
  • Hackensack Meridian Health has a nationally recognized nursing team specializing in robotic surgery.

  • Our surgeons are pioneers in the use of robotic technology and are among the first to perform many procedures using robotic techniques. 
  • Hackensack University Medical Center was among the first hospitals in the world — and the first hospital in New Jersey — to use the da Vinci SP single port robotic surgery system. 
  • Our surgeons have published multiple papers in academic journals, as well as presented at conferences around the world, on the use of robotic surgery for a full range of surgical procedures.

“When the radiologist recommended robotic surgery, I did research and thought it sounded like a good option. I met with Dr. Michael Lasser, Medical Director, Robotic Surgery at JFK. He told me how fast people recuperated from the robotic surgery and I knew it was how I wanted to go. I only had to stay in the hospital one night after my surgery. Afterward, it only took about two or three weeks before I was back to myself. That’s what you call a successful surgery.”

— Martin Joseph, Old Bridge, NJ, prostate cancer patient

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Robotic Surgery FAQs

With robot-assisted surgery, patients can have major surgery with only a few tiny incisions. The benefits to the patient may include a faster recover, shorter hospital stay, less bleeding, less pain, less risk of infection, smaller scars, and quicker return to normal daily activities when compared to traditional surgery.

Some of the benefits for surgeons include greater surgical precision, 10x magnification, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization, and improved access.

Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery entails the use of a surgical robot to allow surgeons to offer more patients the benefits of laparoscopic surgery. The use of this technology helps the surgeon perform more complex operations without the need for a large incision. By combining robotics and state-of-the-art computer technology, surgeons can operate with greater dexterity and control than with traditional surgical approaches.

The surgeon sits at a surgical console next to the patient. The surgeon performs the procedure from the console while viewing the surgical field through a 3-dimensional (3D) magnified image (up to 10x magnification). At the same time the surgeon’s hand movements are seamlessly translated to the robot to complete the surgical procedure. It is important to understand that the robot is controlled solely by the surgeon and is not capable of making decisions on its own. Every step of the surgery is performed through direct input from your surgeon. Through just a few small incisions the size of a pea the surgeon can perform the entire procedure.

The hospital stay is dependent upon multiple factors including the procedure being performed, the patient’s medical and cardiac history, history of prior surgeries, and patient healing. In some instances the patient can go home on the day of surgery and in others the patient stays overnight in the hospital. It is important that you discuss your individual case with you robotic surgeon.

Because robotic surgery requires only a few small incisions, the post-operative pain is usually less than that experienced during open surgery.

Robotic surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. Any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers robotic surgery. It is important, however, to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and benefits package. You should check with your insurance carrier for detailed information prior to your surgery.