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Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery

At Rochester General Hospital, minimally invasive surgery, through the use of two da Vinci® Surgical System, is offered as a treatment option for several surgical procedures.

By integrating computer-enhanced technology with the surgeon’s skill, a Robotic System enables surgeons to perform precise, minimally invasive surgery (MIS) in a manner never before experienced to enhance healing and promote well-being.

As a result, patient benefits may include:

  • Reduced pain and trauma to the body
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less post-operative pain and discomfort
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
  • Less scarring and improved comesis

Learn more about conditions treated with robotic surgery

Rochester General Hospital is the first hospital in Upstate New York to implement the da Vinci® S HD Surgical System. This is the world’s first robotic surgical system with 3D HD vision, giving surgeons twice the effective viewing resolution for improved clarity and detail of tissue and critical anatomy.

With the da Vinci® S HD Surgical System, the second da Vinci® Surgical System at RGH - surgeons at Rochester General are providing patients with new, minimally invasive surgical procedures that offer significant advantages over traditional "open" surgeries. These robotic-assisted minimally invasive procedures - available to treat conditions as diverse as prostate cancer and hysterectomies - can benefit patients with less pain, discomfort, blood loss and a quicker return to normal activities.

Learn more about robotic surgery & procedures at Rochester General Hospital

The first da Vinci® Surgical System was installed at Rochester General Hospital in 2004. Since then, more than 1,000 GYN procedures. The addition of the second da Vinci® Surgical System at Rochester General Hospital will help reduce surgical wait times while also providing many patient benefits.

Latest News About Robotic Surgery at Rochester General Hospital

Robotic Surgery - Inside OR#16 at Rochester General Hospital

(Source: Democrat and Chronicle)

Please take a moment and go inside OR #16. You'll experience robotic surgery, performed by John Valvo, MD, and captured on video by Democrat and Chronicle photojournalist Will Yurman. Will Yurman interviewed both Dr. Valvo and the patient for this compelling presentation. Watch the robotic surgery video now


Rochester General Reaches Milestone in Minmally-Invasive Robotic Surgery; Strengthens Status as a National Leader

Program ranks among top 4% in U.S and serves as a global observation center

Dr. John Valvo performs robotic-assisted prostatectomy

When Rochester General Hospital’s Medical Director of Robotic Surgery, Dr. John Valvo, finished performing a robotic-assisted prostatectomy today, it was not only a potentially life-saving procedure for his patient, but it also a milestone as it marked the 3000th Robotic Surgery performed at RGH.  Rochester General’s burgeoning Robotics program is the largest in the region, and its volume places RGH among the top 4% of U.S. hospitals currently offering robotic surgery options.

For more information about the Rochester General Hospital Robotic Surgery Program, call (877) 922-5465