What is Robotic Surgery?

Robotic Surgery at North Shore-LIJ Health System

Robotic surgery allows patients to experience less invasive surgical procedures—procedures that were once only possible with more traditional open surgery. The goal of North Shore-LIJ’s team of robotic surgeons and their supporting network of health care professionals is to continuously strive to reduce our patients' stay in the hospital, as well as to minimize the pain and scarring associated with surgery and facilitate faster recovery, a quicker return to normal activities and improved functional outcomes.

Recognized nationally and internationally for their pioneering work, the robotics-trained surgeons at North Shore-LIJ Health System are at the leading edge of robotic surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System.

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Potential Benefits

In comparison to traditional open surgical procedures, the da Vinci® robotic surgery system results in exceptional benefits for patients, including:

  • Tiny one-centimeter incisions instead of one large incision
  • Fewer major post-op complications
  • Optimal recovery
  • Quick return to normal diet
  • Reduced appearance of scarring
  • Low blood loss
  • Shorter length of stay in hospital
  • Faster return to normal daily activities
  • Fewer complications
  • Less pain than an open surgery

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Types of Robotic Surgery

Robotics-trained surgeons at North Shore-LIJ Health System are at the leading edge of robotic surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System to perform precise procedures including:

  • Robotic cancer surgery — A revolutionary approach to the surgical treatment of many types of cancers ranging from prostate, kidney and colon, to cervical and uterine cancers and thoracic tumors
  • Robotic cardiovascular and thoracic surgery — A minimally invasive alternative to traditional open-chest surgery
  • Robotic general surgery — All aspects of general surgery, including robotic surgery procedures for the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, liver, spleen and pancreas
  • Robotic urology surgery — Optimizing the three critical and inter-related aspects of urologic oncologic surgery: cancer control, urinary function, and sexual function
  • Pediatric urologic surgery – Congenital anomalies of the urinary tract can be corrected with precision and in a minimally invasive manner
  • Women's health and gynecologic robotic surgery — Many complex gynecologic conditions can now be treated effectively without a big incision



The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with natural dexterity and full range of motion, enabling them to perform even the most complex procedures through a minimally invasive approach. The state-of-the-art da Vinci system is used to treat patients undergoing procedures for General Surgery, Cancer, Cadiovascular and Thoracic, Women's Health and Urology.


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North Shore-LIJ Health System offers leading-edge robotic surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. Several of our locations in the New York metropolitan area provide this minimally invasive approach to surgery -- North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital.


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