Pioneers in Single Port Robotic Surgery

December 18, 2020


New Jersey Urology becomes the leading center in the northeast to offer single port robotic surgery for bladder cancer

New Jersey Urology is among the first in the world to perform the da Vinci single port robotic surgery.

NJU, renowned leader and center of excellence in robotic surgery for twenty years, is the first and only in the northeast to offer single port robotic surgery for bladder cancer. The single port robotic radical cystectomy — a procedure to treat bladder cancer by removing the entire bladder — is performed at Hackensack University Medical Center through a single three-centimeter incision using the da Vinci SP® Surgical System. NJU also specializes in a plethora of other robotic cancer and reconstructive surgeries. This center is the most experienced with these procedures, and have advanced their techniques to perfection.

Since 2016, Mutahar Ahmed, M.D. serves as the Director, Urologic Bladder Cancer Program at Hackensack University Medical Center. He has completed 15 single port robotic radical cystectomies since then, establishing him as one of the most experienced surgeons in the world at performing this highly specialized procedure.

“We have one of the highest volumes of robotic cystectomy centers in the country. Now we have added the single port surgery to our repertoire, which allows us to provide state-of-the-art care to our patients,” said Dr. Ahmed.

Standard robotic laparoscopic surgeries require 5-6 small incisions, whereas the revolutionary single port robotic procedure combines them into one keyhole incision. Most radical cystectomies at other centers are still performed using traditional open surgery techniques. Only a handful are being performed using this innovative single port robotic surgery, while NJU specializes in minimizing incisions. In addition to removing the bladder, surgeons perform urinary reconstruction to create a new way for urine to collect and exit the body.

Aside from Radical cystectomy we also perform other urological cancer surgery using the single port robot such as:

  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Partial nephrectomy
  • Other reconstructive surgeries like Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction (UPJ) repairs

Robotic cystectomies have been shown to provide cancer treatment that is just as effective as traditional open surgery. The highly specialized robotic surgery benefits include:

  • Less discomfort
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Improved cosmetic results for patients

In the past five years, NJU urologists have performed more than 250 robotic cystectomies. NJU’s urological surgeons are now performing between 60 and 70 robotic cystectomy procedures each year — which is the highest annual volume of robotic cystectomies performed in New Jersey.

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