da Vinci® Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery

St. Joseph's surgical services use the latest technology, offering a full range of procedures to patients across a 16-county area of Upstate New York.


Compared to traditional open surgery, minimally invasive da Vinci® surgery provides a quicker and safer operation, less recovery time, pain and risk of complications and shorter hospital stays. Quicker recovery time means getting you back to your life – and the activities you enjoy – faster.

The da Vinci® Surgical System is commonly referred to as a robot, but the device is controlled by the surgeon. It offers direct 3-D visualization, full range of motion and an intuitive sense of control for surgeons. Operated remotely, the robot, in essence, enhances the surgeon’s eyes and hands, increasing visualization and instrument dexterity, for procedures that require small incisions. The surgeon’s technique is actually improved by the da Vinci® robot’s ability to scale motion and filter any tremor, thereby allowing very precise movements.

To operate da Vinci®, the surgeon sits at a console separate from the patient and views a 3-D image of the surgical field, while controlling instruments that mimic the complex motions of the human hand. The robotic arms offer the ability to rotate instruments more than 360 degrees through tiny incisions, extending the surgeon's ability to repetitively perform the technically precise maneuvers involved with minimally-invasive cardiac and gynecological procedures, as well as prostatectomies.

According to surgeons, robot-assisted procedures tend to be less invasive for the patient and are more precise than traditional surgery, resulting in fewer complications, less pain and blood loss. This makes for a safer and quicker operations, producing shorter hospital stays and recovery times.

Learn more about the da Vinci® Surgical System in these areas:

da Vinci® Cardiothoracic Surgery
da Vinci® General Surgery
da Vinci® Gynecologic Surgery
da Vinci® Urologic Surgery
Our Surgeons


St. Joseph's surgical services use the latest technology, offering a full range of procedures to patients across a 16-county area of Upstate New York. The hospital was the first to acquire and use the da Vinci robotic surgical system in 2005.

  • CABG, minimally invasive IMA takedown with robotics - SI
  • Cystectomy, total ileo loop with robotics
  • Cystectomy, partial with robotics
  • Hysterectomy, radical, laparoscopic, lymphadenectomy with robotics
  • Laparoscopic excision pelvic mass/lesion with robotics (1-08)
  • Low anterior resection with robotics
  • Myotomy, Heller's laparoscopic with robotics
  • Prostatectomy, radical retropubic laparoscopic with robotics
  • Proximal gastric resection with or without panendoscopy
  • Pyeloplasty, laparoscopic with robotics
  • Rectopexy with robotics
  • Repair atrial septal defect with robotics - SI
  • Repair hernia, paraesophageal, Nissen laparoscopic with robotics
  • Repair mitral valve heartport with robotics - SI
  • Resection mediastinal mass with robotics - SI
  • Resection, esophageal, laparoscopic with robotics
  • Saccrocolpopexy with robotics
  • Thymectomy with robotics

da Vinci® Surgical System at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center

In 2005, St. Joseph's was the first in Syracuse to use the da Vinci® Surgical System. Read more about robotic surgery and hear from one of our general surgeons, Dr. B. Sivakumar: Growing number of medical operations in Syracuse are done with da Vinci surgical robot (syracuse.com)

da Vinci® Urologic Surgery, the first to acquire and use the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical system to perform prostatectomies, St. Joseph's urology specialists performed 170 cases in 2008 alone.

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center

  • 2005 - 10,845 surgeries, 43 with robot
  • 2006 - 10,627 surgeries, 161 with robot
  • 2007 - 10,408 surgeries, 369 with robot
  • 2008 - 10,112 surgeries, 384 with robot
  • 2009 - 9,611 surgeries, 227 with robot
  • 2010 - 10,323 surgeries, 367 with robot
  • 2011 - 11,254 surgeries, 487 with robot
  • 2012 - 12,058 surgeries, 343 with robot
  • 2013 - 12,764 surgeries, 374 with robot
  • 2014 - 12,934 surgeries, 329 with robot
  • 2015 thru June - 6,512 surgeries, 236 with robot