The establishment of a Center for Robotic Surgery and Innovation supports the University of Rochester Medical Center's commitment to providing research leadership and state-of-the-art training to surgical teams performing new minimally invasive techniques.

The field of robotic surgery is evolving. While the technology was designed for cardiac surgery, its greatest successes have been in a variety of other disciplines. Over the past decade, several faculty members have led published studies assessing robotic surgery and patient care. They include:

  • Evaluating the use of the robot within specific classes of prostatectomy and nephrectomy patients (obese men, men with small pelvises, abnormal kidney location).
  • Demonstrating that outcomes of prostatectomy procedures with/without the robot are similar when assessing erectile function.
  • Identifying post-operative lifestyle concerns of patients before they undergo robotic surgery for a prolapsed uterus/vagina so that surgeons can address these issues.

Additionally, Dr. Jean V. Joseph presented an overview of the current state of robotic surgery in a front-page article in a recent newsletter of the American Urological Association. He discussed the technology now available, the procedures it is being used for, the need for a more robust availability of new technologies, and the importance of conducting on-going studies to assess the benefits of this technology for both short- and long-term patient care.

In keeping with its mission as an academic medical center, University of Rochester Medical Center surgeons are also using their expertise in robotic-assisted surgery to teach the next generation of surgeons and their teams. URMC is one of the few training centers nationwide with the ability to offer surgeons and surgical residents hands-on experience in learning robotic techniques.