Health & Wellness

Saint Barnabas Medical Center Invites Public to Test Drive the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

The Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System Credits: Jason Cohen
Dr. Michael LaSalle of Saint Barnabas Medical Center Credits: Jason Cohen
Brothers Alexander and Benjamin Knobloch trying the machine Credits: Jason Cohen

SHORT HILLS, NJ - On Saturday, shoppers at Short Hills Mall had the opportunity to learn firsthand about robotic surgery when the Saint Barnabas Medical Center had the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System on display on the lower level near Guest Services, outside of Macy’s.

Robotic surgery is the next generation of minimally invasive surgery which utilizes a high-level computer system to dramatically enhance visualization, precision, control and dexterity during surgery. In a robotic procedure, a computer is positioned between the surgeon’s hands and the tips of micro-instruments, giving surgeons the control, range of motion and 3-D visualization characteristic of open surgery.

It results in significantly less pain, fewer side effects, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and recovery period, quicker return to normal activities.

Sign Up for E-News

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. there were two machines for people to practice on and doctors on hand to explain how they function and answer any questions regarding robotic surgery.  

Robotic surgery has been used at Saint Barnabas since 2000 and Dr. Michael LaSalle, a urology surgeon said physicians really appreciate its efficiency and ultimately it makes their jobs much easier. He said patients are told prior to surgery that it will be used and many of them prefer it because of the short stay and quicker procedures.

“The robot is not doing the surgery; it’s assisting the surgeon to do the surgery,” LaSalle said.

LaSalle said there were even some former patients who came to the mall to see how the robotics actually worked.  

Dr. Alan Strumeyer said the robotic surgery is extremely beneficial for all parties involved.

“It’s a great machine. It’s definitely revolutionized treatment of urological conditions,” Strumeyer said.

Larry Batille, who works in the mall, said he had seen it before and was curious as to how it worked. Batille said it was quite easy to maneuver, but it wasn’t exactly what he thought it was.

“I thought it was an eye test,” he said. “It was interesting because you don’t really know what doctors use when they perform surgery.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Former President Obama to visit Newark to Campaign for Murphy

October 16, 2017

NEWARK, NJ — Former U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to roll into downtown Newark on Thursday to campaign for the Democratic New Jersey gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy as the battle to run New Jersey heats up in the race's final weeks. 

Obama's appearance in New Jersey's largest city less than three weeks before the Nov. 7 election on ...

Standing Out in a Sea of Worthy College Applicants…

The college admissions process can take quite a toll on a student and even an entire family. Starting with visiting colleges and figuring out where to apply and then trying to complete the various parts of an application to make it stand out among the thousands of others that college admissions offices will review on an annual basis, the process can amount to a tremendous source of stress. And ...

Department of Justice: ISIS Sympathizer Arrested in Cranford, Plotting the "Next 9/11" with Two Accomplices

October 8, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – The Department of Justice released details of a thwarted terror plot to attack New York City during the summer of 2016 on Friday.

Three men, who were arrested in 2016 and 2017, planned to detonate bombs in Times Square and the New York City subway system and shoot civilians at concert venues in support of ISIS, according to the Department of Justice.

The three arrested ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0c975a7a3f3ac99ac8ff_screen_shot_2017-10-11_at_1.52.35_pm

Sat, October 21, 9:00 AM

Scenic Lake, West Orange

A Home For All Run/Walk

Giving Back Health & Wellness Sports

Sat, October 21, 11:00 AM

Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

‘BARKtoberfest’ Pet Adoption Event Returning to ...

Giving Back

Carousel_image_9da0951ba77bd1e41370_2017_beth_kawa

Mon, October 23, 7:00 PM

Livingston Senior and Community Center, Livingston

Livingston Historical Society to Present Dramatic ...

Arts & Entertainment

Letter to the Editor: A Call for All Library Supporters to Vote "Yes" on Nov. 7

October 16, 2017

Dear Editor:

As a New Jersey resident and strong supporter of our local library, I urge all New Jersey citizens to vote “YES” on Tuesday, November 7 for the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, supporting libraries across NJ. 

Libraries are increasingly becoming the social hubs of our communities.This act  authorizes New Jersey to issue ...

Livingston Historical Society to Present Dramatic Adaptation of Holocaust Survivor’s Story

October 18, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — At the next meeting of the Livingston Historical Society on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., Beth Kawa of Houtzdale, PA will perform vocal selections in a dramatic adaptation of The Hiding Place by Dutch Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom. The meeting will be held at the Livingston Senior and Community Center.

Kawa will take the audience on a journey through ...

Wait. What?

Don’t you have homework to do?

 

My teenage daughter is watching TV, texting, facetiming, instagramming, listening to music, and typing on a laptop all at the same time. 

 

Don’t you have homework to do?  I have to repeat myself a little louder because she is insulated in her electronic cocoon by ear buds.

 

“I am doing homework,” ...