Updated: 07/15/2014 6:12 PM
Created: 07/15/2014 4:58 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
ALBANY - St. Peter's Health Partners showed off the latest technology in robotic surgery on Wednesday.
It's been 10 years since St. Peter's became the first Capital Region hospital to acquire and use the da Vinci Surgical System.
The robotic system helps doctors do minimally invasive surgery, particularly to treat cancers of the female reproductive system as well as urological cancers.
As the doctors explain, the new system provides both a computer upgrade and enhanced technical abilities for the surgeon so they can do more intricate procedures.
“It's not just about the equipment. Something that's very important to say is to remember it's not the robot that performs the surgery, it's the surgeon. The robot just gives them some additional capability that they otherwise would not have,” said Dr. Ann Erichetti, the CEO of St. Peter’s Health Partners.
“Even though they see four small holes on their abdomen this is still major surgery. The surgery we perform inside their abdomen is exactly the same as what we used to do through an incision,” said Dr. Daniel Kredentser a Gynecologic Oncologist.
Worldwide, an estimated 500,000 robot assisted surgeries have been performed over the past decade.
5,500 of them were done at St. Peter's.
The two new robots go on line on Wednesday.