Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Specialist

Joshua Ellenhorn, M.D., FACS

Board Certified General Surgeon & Surgical Oncologist located in CEDARS SINAI MEDICAL TOWERS, LOS ANGELES, CA

Minimally invasive robotic surgery has significant advantages, not least that it causes you, the patient, less pain, and hastens your recovery. General Surgeon and surgical oncologist Joshua Ellenhorn, MD, is a leading surgeon practicing in Beverly Grove, nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, who specializes in using minimally invasive laparoscopic robotic-assisted surgery with the state-of-the-art da Vinci® surgical system. Call Dr. Ellenhorn today to find out more, or book an appointment using the online form.

Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive robotic surgery?

Minimally invasive robotic surgery is a breakthrough in advanced technology that offers the ultimate in surgical precision. Dr. Ellenhorn is a leading expert in using robotic-assisted surgery and has been a pioneer in perfecting the use of the world-leading da Vinci robotic system. Dr. Ellenhorn has been performing robotic surgical procedures longer than any other surgeon in the west side of Los Angeles.

The da Vinci robotic system has three different parts:

Surgeon console

Dr. Ellenhorn sits at the surgeon console throughout your operation. The console provides an exceptionally clear close-up 3D image of your operation site. Dr. Ellenhorn has total control of the instruments the robotic arms used to carry out the surgery. He makes the movements he wants the robot to perform, and the robot copies these movements exactly.

Patient cart

The patient cart is where the robotic device sits. The cart is close to the operating table throughout your procedure, giving the robotic arms unrestricted access to the surgery site.

Vision cart

The vision cart is a relay station for communication between Dr. Ellenhorn at the surgeon console and the robotic device on the patient cart. The vision cart also provides a high-definition 3D vision system.


What are the advantages of minimally invasive robotic surgery?

Minimally invasive robotic surgery has some distinct advantages over traditional open surgery. These advantages include:

  • Minimal tissue damage 
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less downtime
  • Faster recovery
  • Minimal scarring


Minimally invasive robotic surgery is also suitable for patients who wouldn’t be able to undergo open surgery.

There are times when minimally invasive robotic surgery isn’t possible for certain patients. However, Dr. Ellenhorn is a leading expert in carrying out these procedures and uses minimally invasive robotic surgery whenever he can.


For what can minimally invasive robotic surgery be used?

The da Vinci robotic technology can carry out a variety of laparoscopic procedures, including:

  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Nissen fundoplication for GERD
  • Gastrectomy
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Whipple procedure (pancreaticoduodenectomy)
  • Small bowel surgery
  • Colorectal resection surgery
  • Rectopexy


Using the da Vinci robotic system enables Dr. Ellenhorn to perform delicate and complex surgeries with the utmost precision. As a result, you’ll have a less traumatic experience and recover more quickly.

If you would like to know more about minimally invasive robotic surgery, call Joshua Ellenhorn, MD, today or book an appointment online.