Phelps Acquires Latest Technology for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Phelps Hospital has acquired the most advanced method of minimally invasive robotic surgery, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, for its state-of-the-art SurgiCenter. Manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, the da Vinci Xi can be used during minimally invasive gynecological, urological, thoracic, cardiac and general surgical procedures.

During robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a console and uses hand controls to maneuver robotic arms while viewing images of the inside of the patient’s body that are displayed on a high-definition, 3-D screen. The robotic arms have tiny instruments, including an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera), attached to the ends of them. The instruments, which have joints and can bend in multiple directions, have the ability to cut, cauterize (burn or sear skin or flesh to stop bleeding) and grasp. At all times, the surgeon is totally in control of the robotic-assisted system, which translates his/her hand movements into small, precise movements of the tiny instruments.

Key features of the newest da Vinci surgical system include an overhead instrument design for the robotic arms, which facilitates anatomical access; a more compact endoscope that provides improved vision and clarity; the ability to attach the endoscope to any of the robotic arms, improving visualization of the surgical site; and smaller, thinner robotic arms with newly designed joints, offering greater range of motion.

Darren Rohan, MD, FACS, regional director of the Northwell Health Physician Partners thoracic surgery program for Westchester, is heading up the robotic-assisted thoracic surgery team at Phelps. Dr. Rohan, a thoracic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgery, has been performing this type of surgery for four years.

“Surgeons trained on the robot can do more complex operations minimally invasively,” says Dr. Rohan. “And with this new da Vinci system, even more patients can be treated minimally invasively because the high-definition visualization is better, the instruments are smaller and it’s easier to move them around.” The daVinci Xi is expandable technology, designed to accommodate future innovations in imaging and advanced instruments.

About Phelps Hospital

Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities.

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and over 500 outpatient practices. We care for more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 61,000 employees – including 15,000+ nurses and 2,500+ doctors within Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

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