CarePoint Health is proud to announce that the first da Vinci robotic surgical cases in the State of New Jersey using the new Xi platform were performed at Christ Hospital on August 26, 2014. The surgeries were performed by Dr. Michael Ahn, Dr. Ravikumar Brahmbhatt and Dr. Daniel Smith and were supported by a specialized team of nurses and anesthesiologists, specifically trained for robotic procedures. Dr. Brahmbhatt, performed a cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder). Dr. Smith and Dr. Ahn performed two surgeries: a salpingo-oophorectomy (the removal of the fallopian tube and ovary) and a total hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy. The surgeries were the first such procedures ever performed in the state of New Jersey using the da Vinci Xi platform. The patients in each case were able to return home the day after their successful surgeries. These procedures mark another milestone for CarePoint Health, where the use of the da Vinci Si and Xi robot platforms are revolutionizing health care.

“It was immensely gratifying to work with our talented team who were marvelously adept at using the most sophisticated robotic equipment,” said Dr. Smith talking with TechTensity. “The diligence and attentiveness of the dedicated nursing group has led to the success of this important project. Their skill and efficiency will benefit our surgical patients at CarePoint Health.”

CarePoint Health hospitals now offer both the daVinci Si and Xi platforms utilizing multiple-port access and/or single-site access. Additional advanced technology includes FireFly viewing, which offers selective identification of anatomic structures and pin point localization of some diseases. The use of the da Vinci robot provides a safe and effective operative intervention using the latest technology. Due to the precision in technique possible with use of 3D high-definition vision and cutting edge robotic tools, there is minimal chance of complication. And because surgeries using the da Vinci robot are conducted through minimally invasive incisions, recovery time is dramatically improved, post-operative pain is lessened and patients spend less time in the hospital. The benefits to patients are clear: early recovery and early return to daily activity, less bleeding, low rate of wound infection, virtually no post-operation scars and high patient satisfaction.