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Expanding Robotic Surgery to the Community

Robotic surgery, once only a possibility, is now the standard of care for many types of minimally invasive surgeries. With the opening of a robotic surgery program in 2018, North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) has made this innovation more accessible to its local community.

During robot-assisted surgery, a surgeon, guided by high-definition, magnified 3D views of the surgical site, directs robotic arms to perform intricate procedures. As an extension of the surgeon’s own hands, the robot and its instruments enable finer access, maneuverability, and technical precision. Currently, the NSMC surgical team – including surgeons from both NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital – are using robotic technology in general, urologic, and thoracic surgical cases. The robotic approach can improve outcomes in procedures considered challenging through traditional, open approaches due to poor access, such as prostate cancer, low-sited colorectal cancers, complex hernias, and operations in the throat.

During robot-assisted surgery, a surgeon, guided by high-definition, magnified 3D views of the surgical site, directs robotic arms to perform intricate procedures.

“Robotic surgery’s greatest advantages across a range of surgeries include smaller incisions, reduced pain and discomfort, and faster recovery for patients,” says Marc S. Rubin, MD, Chair of Surgery, NSMC. “We are excited to offer this new technology and improve the recovery process.”

NSMC joins Newton-Wellesley Hospital as a community hospital that has recently launched a robotic surgery program. “NSMC and Partners HealthCare have made the commitment to bringing academic medical center-level technologies to the communities we serve, so our patients no longer need to travel to benefit from them,” adds Dr. Rubin.

To build the robotic surgery program, NSMC has recruited a new urologist and is providing intensive training to build the expertise of the entire surgical team – from surgeons to nurses and surgical technologists. Dr. Rubin explains, “The robot will also enhance our ability to recruit outstanding, innovative surgeons to our community.”

Inset image: Vinod Narra, MD, North Shore Medial Center