RGH reaches milestone using da Vinci Surgical System 

John Valvo

Rochester General Hospital has surpassed a major milestone, performing 15,000 robotic assisted minimally invasive surgeries with the da Vinci Surgical System, making Rochester General Hospital’s the most experienced da Vinci surgical program in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.

Rochester General Hospital installed its first da Vinci Surgical System in 2004.

The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to operate through small incisions with tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than a human hand. The 3D high-definition system magnifies the surgeon›s view, allowing for greater control and resulting in a host of benefits, including: accelerated recovery,  less post-operative pain and discomfort, less scarring and lower risk of infection.

“It’s exciting to continue to offer this type of technology to our surgeons and patients,” said physician John Valvo, director of robotics at Rochester Regional Health. “The da Vinci Surgical System improves clinical outcomes greatly and has incredible benefits for those undergoing surgery. Knowing this technology has helped us make an impact on 15,000 lives is remarkable.”

The first da Vinci Surgical System benefits a variety of surgery types, including urologic, gynecologic, thoracic, bariatric, cardiac, colorectal, and general surgery. For more information on robotic-assisted surgery at Rochester Regional Health,