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Da Vinci Surgery

Da Vinci Surgery

Backus is the only hospital in eastern Connecticut offering patients the option of having minimally-invasive surgery using the latest da Vinci® robotic technology from Intuitive Surgical.

The da Vinci Xi robot is used by specially-trained Backus surgeons for procedures in:

  • Bariatrics: Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures.
  • Colorectal care: Patients with diverticulitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and colon or rectal cancer.
  • General surgery: Hernia repair, gall bladder removal, pancreatic cancer or acid reflux.
  • Gynecology: Hysterectomy, endometriosis resection and fibroid removal or to remedy pelvic prolapse.
  • Thoracics: A lobectomy for lung cancer.
  • Urology: Procedures for prostate, kidney or bladder cancers, or to address kidney disorders or urinary blockages.

The da Vinci technology — more versatile, with greater mobility and maneuverability than previous generations — enhances your surgeon’s ability to help you. The robotic-assisted surgical device essentially translates hand motions directed by your surgeon at a control console.

 Your surgeon remains in control at all times, with a three-dimensional, high-definition view inside your body and wristed instruments that bend and rotate far better than the human hand. The difference? Unlike a human hand, the da Vinci Xi can rotate a surgical instrument a remarkable 540 degrees.

The enhanced vision, precision and control during minimally-invasive surgery offers you the following benefits:

  • Lower complication rate.
  • Shorter hospital stay and faster overall recovery.
  • Less blood loss and less potential for a transfusion.
  • Lower hospital readmission rate.

Backus Surgeons trained on the latest da Vinci Surgical robot.

Bariatrics

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Ricardo Young, MD, FASMBS

Medical School: Michigan State University
Internship: Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center
Residency: Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation


Colorectal Care

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Sergio Casillas-Romero, MD

Medical School: LaSalle University
Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse
Fellowship: The Cleveland Clinic
Internship: SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse

General Surgery

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Sergio Casillas-Romero, MD

Medical School: LaSalle University
Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse
Fellowship: The Cleveland Clinic
Internship: SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse


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David Coletti, MD

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Boston University


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Tamara Myers, MD, FACS

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency: Geisinger Medical Center
Research Fellowship: Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Internship: Geisinger Medical Center


Gynecology

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David Kalla, MD

Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Residency: University of Connecticut Health Center


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Stephen Briggs, MD

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Internship: Delaware Valley Medical Center
Residency: Delaware Valley Medical Center
Residency: Medical Center of Delaware
Internship: Medical Center of Delaware


Kellen Sikora, MD

Residency: University of Connecticut Health Center
Medical School: Rush University Medical College


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Suzelle Hendsch, MD

Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Internship: Baystate Medical Center
Residency: Baystate Medical Center


Thoracics

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Mario Katigbak, MD

Internship: Mount Sinai Hospital
Medical School: University of Philippines
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center
Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Philippines


Urology

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David Crawley, MD

Medical School: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Internship: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Tufts University


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Brandon Stahl, MD

Undergraduate: University of Vermont
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: Universiy of Iowa College of Medicine
Internship: Universiy of Iowa College of Medicine