Saratoga Hospital Invests $2 Million To Update, Expand Robotic Surgery

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May 13, 2019

Saratoga Hospital Invests $2 Million To Update,
Expand Robotic Surgery

Patients benefit from increased access to advanced
minimally invasive surgeries

Robotic Surgery Suite at Saratoga Hospital

Patients will benefit from increased access to advanced minimally invasive procedures
as a result of Saratoga Hospital’s $2 million investment to update and expand
technology for robotic surgery.

Saratoga Hospital recently invested about $2 million in robot-assisted surgical technology to give patients increased access to the most advanced minimally invasive surgeries.

Funds were used to purchase the latest-generation surgical robot—the da Vinci Xi—as a second robotic system at the hospital, as well as to upgrade the hospital’s existing robotic system to the newest technology.

Both the da Vinci Xi and the newly updated robotic system provide 3D digital views of the surgical area and feature thinner, longer arms than previous models. The Xi also offers additional advanced features, such as arms mounted on an overhead boom that can rotate and pivot to virtually any position, for more involved procedures.

“We have long recognized the value of this technology and its positive impact on our patients,” said Dr. Seth A. Capello, director of robotic surgery at Saratoga Hospital and a member of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Urology. “We are committed to investing in the talent and technology to make sure our community benefits from these and other advances in care.”

Saratoga Hospital offers robotic surgery for urologic, gynecologic, thoracic and general surgery procedures. Two of the 10 operating suites in the hospital’s high-tech surgical pavilion are now dedicated for robotic surgery.

This minimally invasive approach is fast becoming the preferred option for many procedures because the advantages to patients can be significant: smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, reduced pain and decreased risk of complications.

Capello helped launch the hospital’s robotic surgery program in 2007. At the time, he was the first and only Capital Region physician to be fellowship-trained in robot-assisted urologic surgery. In the years since, he has played a key role in building the hospital’s reputation for excellence in minimally invasive surgery.

“Today, Dr. Capello heads a team of physicians who are among the region’s most skilled in performing these highly specialized procedures—and our community reaps the benefits every day,” said Dr. Richard Falivena, vice president and chief medical and physician integration officer at Saratoga Hospital.


About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. Through its affiliation with Columbia Memorial Health and Albany Med, Saratoga Hospital is part of the largest locally governed health system in the region. For more information: or


Peter Hopper
Director, Marketing and Communications

14 May 2019