Nine operating rooms reopen at Hudson Regional Hospital

The Institute for Robotic Surgery is ready to launch operations

Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus has prepared a running start for the reopening of elective surgeries in New Jersey as some patients are now finally able to get the treatment they need.

The elective surgery units, including its Institute for Robotic Surgery, are set to reopen to serve these patients’ needs.

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Dr. Nizar Kifaieh, President and CEO of Hudson Regional Hospital, expressed the urgency of the situation. Kifaieh said that, with other patients delaying visits to the emergency room because of concerns over contracting COVID-19, there is a huge need to address the health of the community right now.

“We are reopening nine operating rooms, and based on the governor’s new order, the public should understand that not only are the hospitals safe, but putting off care from existing conditions poses a great risk to their overall health,” Kifaieh said. “The negative consequences from COVID-19 have included patients suffering because their surgeries were not deemed essential.”

Hudson Regional Hospital was a hub for COVID-19 patients during the pandemic. However, things have largely slowed down as the curve has flattened, allowing for the reopening of elective surgeries and more at the hospital.

“It is an honor to be recognized by County Executive Tom DeGise and named the county’s official COVID-19 testing site, and we will continue to provide the same level of care to our community as life returns to normal with COVID behind us,” Kifaieh continued.“While we are still seeing patients with COVID, our COVID admissions and patient areas are completely separate from other hospital operations.”

The hospital’s high-tech surgery center is also ready to make its debut.

Ready for surgery

The Hospital’s Institute for Robotic Surgery (IRS), which received accreditation as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation just before COVID-19 restrictions were announced, is ready to commence full operation.

IRS features the most innovated robot-assisted surgery options including ExcelsiusGPS, the Da Vinci XI, the Mazor Robotic Guidance System, the Stryker Mako, the Mazor X Stealth™ and the O-arm™ intraoperative 2D/3D imaging system. These options work to treat conditions including hernia, urology, spine and gynecology.

Dr. Yitzhack Asulin, Director of Female Pelvic Reconstruction and Robotic Surgery, also earned recognition as a Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery for being one of the first surgeons in the United States to embrace robotic surgical technology.

Asulin, as well as the practitioners at Kayal Orthopedic and Riverside Medical Group, are among the more than 602 top-tier practitioners from around the globe that are accredited with Hudson Regional Hospital.

Hudson Regional Hospital has invested $8 million in physical renovations and technology innovations since January 2017.

For more information about Hudson Regional Hospital’s Institute for Robotic Surgery, those interested are advised to visit or call 201.392.3100.

For updates on this and other stories, check and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at

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