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Robotic Surgery

Astria Sunnyside Hospital is launching a new robotic surgery program in the summer of 2022. 

Astria Health received the da Vinci Xi® robot for its surgical suite. According to its manufacturer, Intuitive:

“There are several models of the da Vinci surgical system. The da Vinci surgical systems are designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. Da Vinci systems offer surgeons high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view, and robotic and computer assistance. They use specialized instrumentation, including a miniaturized surgical camera and wristed instruments (i.e., scissors, scalpels and forceps) that are designed to help with precise dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.”

Spearheading this program is Astria Health’s Board-Certified General and Thoracic Surgeon, Ernesto Dizon, Jr., MD, FACS. He offers over 16 years of experience in minimally-invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures.

Dr. Dizon practices in Sunnyside and its surrounding areas to give patients greater access to the latest surgical techniques and technology. Developing a robotic-assisted surgical program is no small task, but Dr. Dizon and his fellow Astria Health surgeons, surgical team members, and employees are up to the challenge.

How is robotic surgery different than traditional surgery?

Robotic surgery is less invasive and provides faster recovery periods, less blood loss, and reduces the risk of infection. Rather than leaving large incisions and scars, robotic surgery is laparoscopic, making small incisions and leaving minimal scarring. Since the robotic arms are designed to be exact, there is less risk of disturbing other parts of the body that are not having surgery performed on them.

If you have a shorter recovery time, you’ll be able to get up and move around much faster, take less pain medication, and get back to living life sooner.

Who performs robotic-assisted surgeries?

Highly-qualified surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery. General surgeons Dr. Ernesto Dizon and Dr. Manuel Ybanez, as well as OB/GYNs Dr. Miguel Brizuela and Dr. Robert Wells, will perform surgeries at Astria Sunnyside Hospital. Astria Health plans to provide urological robotic surgeries soon. 

All four surgeons have dedicated their lives to helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, and happier lives through lifesaving surgical procedures.

What kind of robotic surgeries will be available in Sunnyside?

The surgeons performing the robotic-assisted surgeries are specialized in general surgery, thoracic surgery, and obstetrical and gynecological surgeries. These surgeries may include but are not limited to:

  • Hernia repair
  • Colon resection
  • Appendectomy (appendix removal)
  • Spleen removal
  • Lung resection
  • Tubal ligation
  • Hysterectomy (partial or complete)

Astria Health is committed to providing you and your loved ones with the best care possible. Robotic-assisted surgery is the right way to go if available for your surgical procedure, as it provides the best outcomes possible. If you or a loved one need to have surgery soon, Astria Health surgeons are here and ready to serve.

There is no need to travel for minimally-invasive surgery.


Robotic Surgery

Ernesto Dizon, MD - General & Thoracic Surgery

 Ernesto Dizon_MD





Miguel Brizuela, MD - Obstetrics & Gynecology






Robert Wells, MD - Obstetrics & Gynecology






Manuel Ybanez, MD - General Surgery






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