Area physicians and residents get closer look at Robotic Surgery


Story Updated: Nov 3, 2010

VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Robotic surgery is quickly becoming the standard when it comes to surgical care.

On Wednesday, area physicians and the general public were invited to get a closer look at how the Da Vinci Surgical System works.

Surgeons use their hands and feet to manipulate the arms of the robot, only needing to make a small incision.

Dr. Myron Luthringer from Community General Hospital in Syracuse performs 99% of his surgeries with the system, and he says he keeps hearing the same thing from his patients.

"I've had patients wake up in the recovery room and say 'oh my goodness, my pain is gone,' and I say 'how can your pain be gone, you just had surgery' and they say 'my pain is gone,'" Dr. Luthringer said. "So the patients have been able to have their life given back to them."

Dr. Luthringer says patients undergoing robotic surgery have a much shorter hospital stay and overall recovery time.

More than a dozen surgeons in Central New York are currently being trained to use the system.

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RoboticsMom said on Wednesday, Nov 3 at 6:41 PM

The First Lego League Robotics Team from Rome Catholic School was invited to attend this event today. How great it would have been for WKTV to incorporate the students into this story!

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