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Help Us Name Our New Robot

August 10, 2010
 Some patients call it "incredible." Others call it "groundbreaking" and yet others, "amazing." Now Central New Jersey children can help choose what to call the new robot that has joined Somerset Medical Center's surgical team. The robot is part of the da Vinci Surgical System, state-of-the-art technology that helps surgeons perform minimally invasive techniques for even complicated cases such as prostate, colon and uterine cancers.

In order to properly welcome the robot, the medical center has launched a Name the Robot contest open to children 12 and under. The winner will be awarded a $50 gift card.

Robotic surgery allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. For patients, it offers a variety of benefits, including: a shorter hospital stay; less pain; less blood loss and transfusions; less scarring and quicker return to normal activities.

Though it is often called a robot, the system cannot act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor, who is seated at a console near the operating table to control the system's tiny instruments, which have an even greater range of motion than the human hand. The console gives the surgeon high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view, enabling him or her to see tissues and blood vessels at a level of detail far beyond what is possible with open surgery or laparoscopic surgery.

Contest entries must be submitted by Sept. 30. To enter, visit