Robotic Surgery


Glens Falls Hospital's Surgical Robotics Program utilizes the acclaimed da Vinci® Surgical System. This minimally invasive system provides our surgeons with the ability to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Procedures are done through smaller incisions than traditional open surgery, resulting in less post-operative pain and faster recoveries.

Working at a specialized console, the surgeon views a 3D video image from inside the body while maneuvering controls which are mimicked by the robot at the operating table. The robot translates the surgeon's movements into highly precise manipulations of the specialized surgical instruments.



  • Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Colon and Rectal Resection
  • Feeding tubes
  • Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Cholecystectomy


  • Hysterectomy
  • Oophorectomy
  • Ovarian Cystectomy


  • Partial and Total Nephrectomy
  • Pyeloplasty/Urinary Reconstruction
  • Cryoablation of Renal Tumors
  • Andrew Surgery

da Vinci Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci® Surgical System


As in traditional laparoscopy, robotic instruments are inserted into the abdomen through narrow tubes called “cannulas.” Robotic instruments differ from traditional laparoscopic instruments, however, in that they have a “wrist” joint near the end, allowing dissection around structures. The surgeon can work at angles unachievable with traditional “straight stick” laparoscopy.


The camera utilized by the da Vinci® system provides a 10x magnified image. This is much larger than the magnification with a typical laparoscope. In addition, the lens is stereoscopic, providing the surgeon with a 3D image, with depth of field, allowing for greater precision when dissecting around structures. An additional feature, termed “Firefly,” allows for assessment of tissue perfusion or biliary anatomy, depending on the procedure being performed.

These images show the renal artery and renal vein as viewed through the da Vinci® magnification system. The second image shows how the da Vinci® Firefly feature demonstrates blood flow. The renal artery is highlighted with intravenous contrast and viewed with a special filter

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery, which includes laparoscopic surgery, uses specialized instruments to make tiny incisions in the skin—these incisions are just a few millimeters in length. A long, thin tube with a miniature camera attached at the end (called an endoscope) is passed through one of the incisions.

Images from the endoscope are projected onto monitors in the operating room. This allows surgeons to have a clear, magnified view of the surgical site, while special instruments are passed through openings to allow the surgeon to explore, remove or repair the affected area of the body.

The outcome of a minimally invasive procedure is the same as traditional "open" surgery (which may require larger incisions). However, when compared to open surgery, the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure include1:

  • Quicker recovery
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less scarring
  • Less pain

Our Program Staff

Our Surgical Robotics program is overseen by a multi-disciplinary Steering Committee: (seated from left)
Director of Medical Staff Operations Bridget Cuccia; Dr. Vincent Cooper; Director of Perioperative Services Janet Larson; Dr. Greg Scalia; and Quality Consultant Cindy Stark; (standing from left) Vice President, Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Pringle; Dr. Cindy Cerro-Conlon; Dr. Joseph D’Agostino Jr.; Dr. Sereena Coombes; Physician Assistant Jim McGork; Robotics Coordinator Mike Sylvain; SVP and Chief Operating Officer Paul Scimeca; and Dr. Susan Bradford.

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