Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center Old Bridge added the latest in robotic technology to its surgical services with the da Vinci Xi®, the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical system currently available. The addition of this minimally-invasive surgical system allows surgeons at Raritan Bay Medical Center to operate robotically in a number of complex surgeries that would otherwise need to be performed through traditional, open surgery. This is good news for patients as robotic surgery has several advantages over traditional surgery, including; smaller incisions, less blood loss during surgery, fewer complications, and shorter recovery periods and hospital stay.
“Joining a leading health care organization has provided us with the resources to make improvements and enhance our services. To date, we have focused on our patients’ and guests’ experiences, adding Palliative Care and Concierge services and forming a Patient Family Advisory Council, as well as recruiting top surgical subspecialty and primary care physicians,” said Michael R. D’Agnes, president of Raritan Bay Medical Center, referencing Raritan Bay’s 2016 merger with Meridian Health, now Hackensack Meridian Health. “The da Vinci Xi surgical technology is our first major capital investment, made possible by joining the network family, to enhance the treatment options for our patients. As we continue to attract new surgical subspecialty and primary care physicians, adding leading-edge health care technology is necessary to provide them the tools needed to deliver exceptional care.”
Raritan Bay appointed Board Certified General Surgeon Frederick Sabido, M.D., FACS, as director of the new Center for Robotic Surgery. The experienced surgeon of more than 20 years has performed over 400 robotic-assisted surgeries and specializes in Robotic Single Site Cholecystectomy and Robotic Abdominal Wall and Inguinal Hernia repair.
“Robotic surgery far surpasses any other surgical approach. It greatly enhances the surgeon’s ability to visualize tissue, allowing for more flexibility to make repairs in tighter spaces,” says Dr. Sabido. “This computer-assisted system gives us very precise control of movement, essential during a minimally invasive procedure.” Dr. Sabido’s case volume and proficiency in robotic hernia repair surgery led the American Hernia Society to invite him to participate in a large-scale collaborative quality study of the procedure, which includes clinical follow-up with his patients for 15 years to monitor outcomes.
“Typically, patients who receive robotic hernia repair can resume normal activities immediately, since they do not need to be given narcotics as part of the procedure, with no post-operative or chronic pain or scarring,” says Dr. Sabido.
Initially, Raritan Bay will provide robotic surgery in the areas of general and urological surgery and then expand offerings to include other subspecialties. The da Vinci Xi system has a wide range of surgical applications, including; liver tumors, obesity, pancreatic tumors, kidney tumors, bladder cancer, diverticulitis, colorectal cancer, gynecologic cancers and more. The hospital’s surgical suites at Raritan Bay Old Bridge are conveniently housed in the Medical and Surgical Pavilion, a “one stop shop” allowing patients to receive pre-operative testing and blood work, visit their physicians and have their surgery in the same location.
The Center for Robotic Surgery’s nurse navigator guides patients through their care, for more information call 1-800-DOCTORS. Raritan Bay’s robotic system compliments other da Vinci robots at Hackensack Meridian Health locations, including; Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, HackensackUMC Mountainside, and Ocean Medical Center.