da Vinci 5

NJ Hospital First in World to Use da Vinci 5 Multiport Robotic Surgical System

Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center was selected to be one of only 14 centers in the world, and the only in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, to acquire the Intuitive Surgical da Vinci 5 multiport surgical system. With more than 10,000 times the computing power and the first-of-its-kind force-sensing technology, the da Vinci 5 is the most advanced surgical technology available.

The Hackensack University Medical Center team performed the first procedures ever using the new system to treat four patients on Monday, April 1.

Da Vinci 5 builds on Intuitive’s da Vinci Xi’s highly functional design, which surgeons and care teams around the world have used in more than 7 million procedures to date. The system includes more than 150 enhancements.

“The da Vinci 5 will allow us to take robotic surgery to the next level and expand on our long history of innovation and excellence,” said Michael D. Stifelman, chair of urology and director of robotic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, and professor and founding chair of urology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. “We have been early adopters of the latest robotic technology for many years, and our goal has always been to offer our patients the highest quality surgical care that exceeds national standards. The da Vinci 5 is one more tool that we can use to deliver those results.”

Since Hackensack University Medical Center performed its first robotic-assisted surgery more than 20 years ago, the hospital has been at the forefront of robotic technology, continuously pushing the envelope to improve patient care through innovation, research and education.

Robotic surgery innovations and “firsts” include:

  • Robotic surgery began at Hackensack University Medical Center in 2000 with two da Vinci™ robots.
  • First in New Jersey and New York Metropolitan Area to perform robotic-assisted gallbladder surgery using the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System (2012).
  • Among the first hospitals in the world to acquire the da Vinci Single Port Robotic System (2018).
  • Among the first in the northeast to implement surgical telepresence technology using the da Vinci Single Port system (2022).
  • Becoming the first hospital in the nation to perform 1,000 single port robotic surgery procedures (2023).
  • Perform 25,000 robotic surgeries – putting the Hackensack University Medical Center in the top 1% of hospitals in the country that have achieved this milestone (2023).

“Across our network, we are committed to using the most advanced technology to improve the surgical experience for our patients,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “The da Vinci 5 represents the next chapter in our robotic surgery journey, and we are proud to be among the first in the world to offer this game-changing robotic surgery option to our patients.”

The da Vinci 5 system will be used by surgeons in the fields of gynecology, urology, thoracic, general surgery, barriatrics and colorectal. The system is housed in the hospital’s Helena Theurer Pavilion on the campus of Hackensack University Medical Center. The Pavilion is a state of the art nine-story surgical care tower – one of the largest and most advanced hospital expansions in the nation – it opened to the public in January of 2023 and embodies the mission of Hackensack Meridian Health – to use the latest technology to transform healthcare and to be the leader of positive change.

“At Hackensack Meridian Health, we are continually investing in technology that benefits our patients, advances our capabilities and enhances the care we provide,” explained Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president & chief hospital executive of Hackensack University Medical Center and president, North Region, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our reputation for robotic surgery excellence, combined with our team’s commitment to advancing robotic surgery, has enabled us to be among the first in the world to acquire and use the da Vinci 5, and that translates to increased robotic surgery options and access for patients in the communities we serve.”

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