Dr. Roy Sandau Performs NJ’s First da Vinci Robotic Surgery with Stapler Technology
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Roy Sandau
Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township became the first hospital in New Jersey to offer EndoWrist Stapler technology on the da Vinci® Si™ System when surgeon Roy L. Sandau, DO, FACOS, performed a right hemicoloctomy on a 68-year-old Glassboro man on Friday, January 24th.

The da Vinci robotic system uses the most advanced robotic technology to enhance surgical capabilities and serves as an alternative to many traditional, open surgeries, as well as conventional laparoscopic procedures. Using the da Vinci system, surgeons are able to perform delicate and complex operations through tiny incisions with breakthrough vision, precision, dexterity and control. Robotic surgery commonly reduces patient’s blood loss, pain and recovery time.

Now Kennedy has become one of the first hospitals in the U.S. – and the first in New Jersey – to utilize a da Vinci robot outfitted with three new technologies: the EndoWrist® Stapler 45 with SmartClamp™ feedback, Firefly™ Florescence Imaging, and EndoWrist® One™ Vessel Sealer to help make colon and rectal surgery less invasive and more precise. These technologies provide additional clinical efficiency in the operating room, which translate to patient benefits.

The EndoWrist Stapler– which Dr. Sandau used during the January 24th procedure to remove a non-resectable  polyp from the patient’s colon – is the world’s first robotic stapler technology that allows full surgeon autonomy and fully-wristed articulation to access critical anatomy, while incorporating SmartClamp feedback to ensure appropriate tissue closure. The Firefly process involves the injection of a fluorescent dye that helps surgeons observe tissue more clearly, allowing them to identify healthy, viable tissue.

The EndoWrist One Vessel Sealer is a wristed instrument can seal blood vessels up to 7 millimeters in size to help reduce blood loss. The EndoWrist One Vessel Sealer enables da Vinci Si surgeons  to fully control vessel sealing, while providing the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery — enhanced surgical precision, stability and 3D HD visualization. 

“For the patient, this means low blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal activities,” Dr. Sandau said. “For me, as a surgeon, it provides unparalleled clarity, precision and autonomy throughout the robotic surgical procedure.”

Marcia Redden, RN, BS, Assistant Vice President of Surgical Services at Kennedy, said the three-hospital healthcare system is pleased to offer the most technologically advanced robotic system available for its surgical patients.

“We are proud to have the newest model da Vinci surgical robot available, equipped with its latest technology, all of which support our commitment to offer patients better surgical experiences and outcomes,” Redden said.

Dr. Sandau, a surgeon at Advocare Associates in General Surgery in Cherry Hill, is board certified in General Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He has special interests in breast, thyroid, and parathyroid surgery and has expertise in the laparoscopic treatment of gastroesophageal reflux, diseases of the colon, and hernia surgery. Dr. Sandau has completed more than 100 minimally invasive colorectal procedures. He has used da Vinci robotics since May 2011 and by April 2012, completed the first robotic assisted laparoscopic single incision (SILS) colon surgery in southern New Jersey. He now offers “scarless” robotic single incision colorectal and gallbladder procedures.