New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn celebrated the launch of its Robotic Thoracic Surgery Epicenter with a reception at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. The center is the first in the Northeast and the third of its kind in the nation.
New York Methodist surgeons were on hand to explain how they perform thoracic, neurological and obstetric/gynecological surgeries using the da Vinci Surgical System. The robotic system allows surgeons to use a less-invasive, three-dimensional approach to surgery that results in the patient experiencing less pain and decreased bleeding, among other advantages.New York Methodist surgeons use the da Vinci robot to perform thoracic, obstetrical and neurological surgeries.
New York Methodist’s OR nurses also underwent training on the system. “There are four RNs and five techs who work on these cases, each of whom have taken an online module on the use of the system,” said Ryan Maduramente, RN, nurse manager of robotics. “Once completed satisfactorily, they earn a certificate recognizing their ability to use the system.”
Staff attended inservice instruction on Tuesdays. “The system uses a 3D image and must have the correct white balance and scope calibration,” Maduramente said. “The scrub tech or RN does that.”Attendees at the reception were able to try the da Vinci robot surgical system.
Surgeons at New York Methodist perform about three robotic surgeries per week, Maduramente said, including thoracic cases that are not done anywhere else. For example, last year, chief of thoracic surgery Richard Lazzaro, MD, performed the first robotic-assisted pulmonary pneumonectomy in New York City. “We’ve just begun doing bariatric surgeries as well,” Maduramente said.
As the only epicenter in the Northeastern part of the nation performing such surgeries, New York Methodist has become a teaching facility. “Surgeons come from all over to train with our surgeons,” said Jennifer Williams, RN, clinical director for the department of surgical services.