First robotic surgery at The Hospital of Central Connecticut
[November 01 2010] -
A New Britain man is the first person to undergo robotic surgery at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, kicking off a highly anticipated and sophisticated robotic surgery program.
Joshua Stein, M.D., a urologist, performed the surgery—known as a robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy—on Wednesday, using the hospital’s new da Vinci® robot system on the man, who is in his 50s.
The first procedure was followed immediately Wednesday by another robotic procedure, in which the lymph nodes were removed on a woman in her 60s who previously underwent a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with cancer. That procedure was performed by Clare Zhou, M.D., a gynecologic oncologist.
Both patients are doing well.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring this latest surgical advance to the people of Central Connecticut,” said James Massi, M.D., head of surgery. “Robotic surgery can help patients to recover more quickly—often with fewer side effects, because the incisions are so tiny, and the robotic arms, which are controlled by a skilled surgeon, can work in much smaller spaces. It also helps surgeons to reach areas that are difficult to access during open procedures.”
Although the robotic program is new to HCC, Massi stressed that the surgeons are highly experienced in robotic technique. “Both Dr. Stein and Dr. Zhou (pronounced Joe) trained on robotics during their residencies and in subsequent practice. So our hospital is able to offer something unique to patients—a new program with highly experienced physicians.”
Performing robotic surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands in men may result in significantly less plain, less blood loss, fewer complications and less scarring, in addition to a shorter hospital stay and faster return to normal daily activities. In addition, studies suggest patients who undergo a da Vinci prostatectomy may experience a faster return of urinary continence following surgery as well as better sexual function than with other procedures used to treat prostate cancer.
Women who undergo da Vinci procedures for gynecological cancers may have smaller incisions, less pain, and quicker recoveries.
Surgeons at the hospital will also be using the robot in the treatment of additional gynecological disorders, including endometriosis and other disorders that previously may have required open surgery.
“We are looking forward to expanding our program, and training additional surgeons, so that patients in our area have expanding access to the most advanced surgical techniques available, and the widest range of treatment options,” Massi said.