Cayuga Surgical Team Performs 500th da Vinci Robotic Surgery in Less Than Two Years 

Cayuga Health officials announced today that as of Tuesday, March 30th, their Surgical team has performed their 500th da Vinci robotic surgery in less than two years, double the 125 per year that the majority of comparable community hospitals may experience.

“Completing 500 robotics surgeries in less than two years, while accomplishing this through the COVID-19 pandemic, is real testament to our outstanding surgeons, surgical teams, and the demand for this technology,” states Dr. Martin Stallone, President & CEO of Cayuga Health. “We are happy to report that we now have eight surgeons practicing robotics – four general surgeons, one bariatric surgeon, and three gynecological surgeons.”

Cayuga Medical Center introduced the addition of the daVinci Xi®, the most advanced robotics surgical system, to its portfolio of patient offerings in 2019. The da Vinci Xi is designed to enhance surgeon capabilities and advance minimally invasive procedures.

“It has been a bit of a whirlwind type of journey to have us start with this system back in the summer of 2019 and then to hit this impressive milestone so quickly,” states Dr. John Mecenas, General, Laparoscopic, Bariatric & Robotic Surgeon at Cayuga Surgical Specialists.  “The reason we have been able to achieve this number of cases in such a short period has been in part due to the surgeons, but also is largely due to the dedication and focus of the OR staff, in particular, Sheila Stein, NP RNFA, our Robotics Coordinator who assures our teams are well organized and well trained.”

“For many patients, robotic surgery is a better, safer option than open surgery and studies have found that patients experience shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, fewer complications, less need for narcotic pain medicine and a faster recovery,” adds Stallone. “In addition, I believe our outstanding safety record has contributed to the increase of surgeries despite the pandemic environment.”


Contact: John Turner, Vice President, Public Relations
Cayuga Health
(607) 274-4498

About Cayuga Health  

Cayuga Health (CH) has two hospitals, Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, as well as a multi-specialty group, Cayuga Medical Associates. Combined employment, including affiliated organizations, is over 2,200 employees. CH is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for cancer services, and the University of Rochester for neurosciences. Visit for more information.

About Cayuga Medical Center

We are a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. And a century after our founding, we remain intrinsically tied to those we serve: our corporate membership includes representatives from over 100 community organizations. At Cayuga Medical Center, we believe that hospitals are shaped by the people they serve


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