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Robotic Surgery

Hackensack Meridian Health is the largest and most experienced robotic surgery program in the state. We performed New Jersey’s first robotic surgery more than 20 years ago. Since then, our expert surgeons have pioneered many of today’s robotic procedures, including the single-port approach using only one small incision. 

Introducing the Latest Technology

We continue to lead the charge as one of the pioneering hospitals worldwide to introduce the latest da Vinci 5 surgical robot, located at Hackensack University Medical Center and expanding to Jersey Shore University Medical Center and JFK University Medical Center in June 2024.

Hackensack Meridian Health is among a select few throughout the nation to offer the new technology, introducing a new era in precision surgery. 

Benefits of the da Vinci 5 surgical system for patients include:

The state-of-the-art robotic technology enhances surgical precision, ensuring optimal outcomes.

Patients benefit from shorter recovery times, reduced discomfort, and smaller incisions, promoting quicker return to daily activities.

Surgeons can deliver tailored care, addressing each patient's unique anatomy and condition with precision and efficiency.

We offer robotic surgery in 11 specialties – from heart surgery to joint replacement to kidney transplant. If you need surgery, you may be able to have it performed robotically by a Hackensack Meridian surgeon, giving you an excellent outcome with less pain and a faster recovery.

Leaders in Robotic Surgery

"It's number one putting the patient first at all times and giving the patient an opportunity for the best surgery with the least amount of trauma..."

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

Hackensack Meridian Health is the largest and most experienced robotic surgery program in the state. While traditional surgery requires a large incision so the surgeon's hands can fit inside the patient's abdomen, robotic surgery requires only two or three small incisions. The robotic arms and camera are positioned in these incisions, allowing all of the surgical movement to take place within the abdomen. The surgeon then has a close-up high definition view of the prostate, kidney or other urologic area and is able to guide the robotic hands to delicately move, cut and suture.

By having your surgery performed robotically by a Hackensack Meridian Health surgeon, you may benefit from:

  • Increased precision, as the robot offers greater flexibility, stability and range of motion than a human hand
  • Decreased blood loss and reduced need for transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less pain after surgery
  • Smaller external and internal scars
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities

How Robotic Surgery Works 

Surgeon Console

Your surgeon sits at a console next to you and controls the movement of surgical tools inserted into your body through one incision (single port) or several small incisions. 

Patient-Side Tower

Your surgeon’s movements are translated in real time to operate with four tiny, rotating wristed instruments that perform with greater precision and range of motion than a human hand.

Unparalleled Vision

The system offers a 3D, high-definition view ten times greater than the human eye can see, and  incorporates near-infrared and other imaging to enhance the view of the surgical area.

Treating Your Condition with Robotic Surgery

Our robotic surgical teams, across all our locations, use robotic technology to perform a range of surgeries in 11 specialties.

Bariatric (Weight-loss)
  • Obesity
  • Cardiology
  • Coronary artery disease (bypass surgery)
  • Heart valve disease (valve repair/replacement)
  • Colorectal
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Benign tumors of the tongue, throat and larynx
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Larynx cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Throat (oropharynx and pharynx) cancers
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Tongue cancer
  • Robotics General Surgery 
  • Abdominal hernias
  • Bile duct conditions
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Liver conditions
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stomach cancer
  • Gynecology 
  • Endometriosis
  • Female infertility
  • Fibroids
  • Uterine bleeding 
  • Gynecology/Oncology
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Orthopedics
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Spine surgery
  • Thoracic 
  • Esophageal cancer 
  • Lung cancer
  • Hiatal hernias
  • Reflux disease
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Urogynecology 
  • Bladder prolapse
  • Bladder or fecal incontinence 
  • Pelvic organ prolapse 
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic reconstruction 
  • Uterine prolapse 
  • Urology
  • Adrenal cancer
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Bladder cancer
  • Bladder diverticula
  • Bladder prolapse
  • Incontinence 
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney transplant
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic reconstruction
  • Prostate cancer
  • Renal cysts
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Testicular cancer
  • Ureter cancer
  • Ureteral reflux
  • Ureteral stricture
  • UPJ obstruction 
  • Single Port Robotic Surgery at Hackensack Meridian Health

    Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Robotic Surgery

    Our surgeons have performed robotic procedures in 11 specialties across the Hackensack Meridian Health network. Patients travel from across the country and around the world to receive care from our world-renowned experts. 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 robotic surgery programs in the New York metropolitan area. Hackensack University Medical Center was among the first hospitals in the world — and the first hospital in New Jersey — to use a single-port robotic surgery system, requiring only one small incision. Recently Hackensack University Medical Center performed the 1,000th single-port robotic procedure - more than any other hospital in the country. Learn More

    JFK University Medical Center serves as the hub for robotic surgery in the Hackensack Meridian Health central region. Our surgeons have completed over 4,000 robotic surgery cases in almost every surgical subspecialty, using three surgical robots. Patients benefit from smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

    Jersey Shore University Medical Center expands robotic surgery offerings into the southern region, serving as the hub for robotic surgery throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. Physicians at Jersey Shore University Medical Center offer advanced robotic technologies that provide minimally-invasive treatment options.

    Patient Experience

    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.

    Surgeons throughout the world receive training from our surgeons on the latest advances in robotic surgical techniques and procedures.

    Our surgeons publish papers in academic journals and present at conferences around the world on the use of robotic surgery.

    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 your 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.

    I wanted robotic surgery. Robotic is the one that has the quickest recovery time and is the least invasive.

    Mark Saczawa, Wantage, NJ

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