Robotic Oncology Surgery
At Mount Sinai, we recognize that facing cancer treatment is difficult. We strive to provide the best possible treatment for your individual situation. Our robotic surgery experts are part of a comprehensive multidisciplinary surgical oncology team. We review all cases together at a multidisciplinary tumor board. Our surgeons know that every cancer patient is unique. We consider your individual tumor(s), genetic makeup, and personal preferences as we develop a treatment plan. As a team, we decide which patients would benefit most from robotic surgery.
What Is Robotic Surgery?
Robotic surgery is a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive technique. With the assistance of the da Vinci robot, we use special tools to make small incisions. We use a tiny camera that provides 3D images, which we magnify up to 10 times their actual size. This allows us to see what is going on more clearly, to direct our tools more precisely, and to potentially save more healthy tissue. Robotic surgery is particularly helpful for complex surgeries in small spaces.
The benefits of robotic surgery include:
- Smaller incisions
- Shorter recovery times
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less use of narcotic painkillers
- Less blood loss
- Greater precision with stitches
- Quicker return to daily life
Robotic surgery outcomes closely match those of laparoscopic and open procedures. Plus, robotic procedures allow you to resume regular activities more quickly.
Conditions We Treat
At Mount Sinai, we use robotic surgery to treat a variety of types of cancer, including cancers of the:
- Biliary tract
- Small and large intestines
Treatments We Offer
We use robotic surgery to remove tumors in the following areas:
- Gastrointestinal tract (small intestine and colon, also known as large intestine)
What You Can Expect
Care starts with an in-office consultation. Your team of doctors and health care workers will conduct a thorough medical history and exam. We will review all imaging and other diagnostic test results you have. If we need additional information, we may order more testing. We then develop a treatment plan that is specific to your cancer and genetics. Treatment plans are often multifaceted, including radiation and/or chemotherapy in addition to surgery.
As you progress through your treatment plan, we are here to help. We help you make appointments and follow up on test results. We appreciate how hard it is to go through cancer treatment and we want to make it as easy as possible for you.
We welcome new and repeat referrals. Once we receive your referral, we aim to see your patient for the initial consultation within 48 hours of the request. We will take care of the rest. We are also pleased to keep in close communication with you so you are aware of your patient’s course of treatment with us.
Why Mount Sinai
At Mount Sinai, we work as a team to provide the individualized attention you deserve. We get to know you and your family. We discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan with you, answering any questions you may have. Our care does not end when you leave the operating room. We help you navigate your other cancer care, making appointments with other specialists and following up when appropriate. We know cancer treatment can be a scary time and we are here for you.