The Division of Robotic Surgery at Sinai Hospital offers patients a wide range of surgical procedures. With the assistance of the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons can operate through tiny incisions with greater vision, precision and control than ever before.
The benefits of robotic surgery are similar to the benefits of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery: smaller incisions, less pain and scarring, less risk for blood loss, and a shorter recovery time.
Today, many general surgery procedures can be performed robotically:
- Adrenal gland removal (adrenalectomy)
- Bariatric (weight loss) surgery
- Bowel obstruction correction
- Colon resection (colectomy)
- Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) – In most cases, this can be done with a scarless approach in which a single incision is made in a patient’s navel.
- Heller myotomy (treatment for achalasia)
- Hernia repair (diaphragmatic, inguinal and incisional)
- Nissen fundoplication (treatment for GERD or hiatus hernia)
- Full or partial stomach removal (gastrectomy)
- Small bowel resection
The division is led by Yassar Youssef, M.D., a board-certified surgeon who completed two fellowship trainings in advanced laparoscopy with specialization in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. Dr. Youssef has extensive experience and skills in advanced laparoscopy, SILS (single incision laparoscopic surgery) and NOTES (natural orifice trans-luminal endoscopic surgery).
Since his training, Dr. Youssef has been successful in offering single site surgery to patients who have conditions that usually make them poor candidates for a minimally invasive approach. These conditions include previous surgery, obesity and internal scarring, among others. Dr. Youssef has been able to offer minimally invasive surgery to patients with BMIs as high as 62.
In addition to performing the first single-site robotic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) in Baltimore, Dr. Youssef is one of the busiest single-site surgeons in the state of Maryland. He is a national proctor for the da Vinci Surgical System, and is involved in educating and teaching other surgeons on how to perform robotic surgery through case observations, proctoring and lectures.
In addition to general surgery, physicians at Sinai use the da Vinci Surgical System to treat gynecologic and urologic conditions.
Dr. Yassar Youssef discusses robotic and minimally invasive surgery for gallbladder removal.
In this WBAL-AM “Know Your Health” radio clip, Dr. Youssef discusses the da Vinci Surgical System for minimally invasive surgery.
Department of Surgery
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
2435 W. Belvedere Ave., Suite 42
Baltimore, MD 21215