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Upstate Urology of UHS urologist Nick Liu, MD, stands next to the da Vinci XI Robot, which gives UHS surgeons the ability to perform state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedures.

Bringing robotic surgery technology to UHS Wilson Medical Center

Robotic surgery is a medical technology that myriad benefits for patients undergoing certain procedures. At UHS, we’re proud to offer patients access to our Robotic Surgery Program, as well as introduce the new da Vinci XI Robot in the operating room at the UHS Wilson Medical Center campus.

Spotlight on the UHS Robotic Surgery Program

Read more in the UHS Stay Healthy Special Cancer Issue 2019.

Co-led by Nick Liu, MD, and Christian Tvetenstrand, MD, the Robotic Surgery Program is staffed by surgeons who are specially trained and credentialed to perform robotic surgery with the da Vinci XI Robot. Robotic surgery is an advanced form of minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery, where surgeons use the computer-controlled robot to assist them in certain surgical procedures.

“It’s important for patients to understand that the robot does not perform surgery itself,” says Erik Jones, MBA, Administrative Director of Surgical Services, UHS. “Rather, it is a state-of-the-art tool providing surgeons with greater range of motion, magnified 3D HD imaging, advanced instruments, and what equates to an extra set of hands—with impressively swiveling wrists.”

Compared to open surgery, robotic surgery is less invasive. Smaller incisions are required and, therefore, scarring and blood loss are minimized. Robotic procedures often lead to shorter hospital stays, reduced post-operative pain scores, less need for narcotic pain medicine, and quicker returns to normal daily life, adds Jones.

The Robotic Surgery Program supports a variety of procedures, including urology, oncology, general and colorectal surgeries. As the Robotic Surgery Program develops and the needs of patients evolve, more specialties may be added. As always, patients should discuss options, risks and benefits with their providers before undergoing any surgeries.


Read about how the da Vinci Robot helped a UHS prostate cancer patient in “The Cutting Edge.”