Crouse Hospital and the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) are partnering to present Let’s Operate!, a two-day exhibit to provide kids and adults with a unique, insider’s view of how surgeons are using advanced robotic technology to perform minimally invasive surgery.
The exhibit will run Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the main exhibit hall of the MOST, 500 South Franklin St. in the Armory Square district of downtown Syracuse. The Let’s Operate! exhibit will be on display adjacent to the new spring 2013 traveling exhibit at the museum called "Robots."
The centerpiece of the exhibit will be the da Vinci surgical robot from Intuitive Surgical. Crouse surgeons will be on hand to provide demonstrations using the equipment, including the system’s simulator and robotic arms. Participants will get to sit behind the system’s console and actually operate the robot’s four extending arms, while practicing their hand-eye coordination, instrument manipulation and other surgical skills. Crouse surgeons will also share information about the various surgical procedures performed using robotic technology, as well as treatment options within their respective subspecialties.
“We’re excited to partner with Crouse and its surgeons on this exhibit,” states Tony Ortega, executive vice president of the MOST. “Healthcare technology, which is advancing so rapidly, is an important part of our lives and to be able to help explain and show how it works fits in perfectly with our mission.”
The Crouse Institute for Robotic Surgery performs the largest number of robotic surgical procedures in the region, more than 600 last year alone. The hospital’s multispecialty robotics program includes colorectal, urology, GYN oncology, GYN and general surgical procedures using the minimally invasive da Vinci technology.
Crouse, which has two robotic surgical systems, has been designated a colorectal robotic training Epicenter by Intuitive, one of just a few such training sites in the U.S. and the only designated center in New York State. As an official training site, colorectal surgeons from across the nation visit Crouse monthly to observe and learn from colorectal surgeons John Nicholson, MD, and David Nesbitt, MD, who use the technology for colon and rectal surgery.
About the MOST
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology is a pre-eminent science and technology center, inspiring all generations through hands-on education and entertainment. The MOST is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an extended Saturday evening IMAX schedule. For more information, call 315/425-9068 or visit the MOST’s website.