Yale New Haven Hospital's expert surgeons have access to the most advanced technology and the latest research. From complex organ transplants, precise neurosurgeries and open-heart operations to simple outpatient procedures, our physicians and staff work hard to provide patient- and family-centered surgical care for both adults and children.

Why YNHH for surgery

Yale New Haven Hospital provides comprehensive surgical services. Our surgeons are specially trained and uniquely experienced in state-of-the-art surgical techniques, offering minimally invasive, endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures as well as traditional open surgeries. Our emphasis is on the most successful surgery with the least pain, scarring and recovery time.

Advances at Yale New Haven lead to better outcomes

Single-port surgery

In 2007, Yale New Haven Hospital surgeon Kurt E. Roberts, MD, performed what was believed to be the first true single-port laparoscopic appendectomy when he removed the appendix of a 22-year-old woman using only one small incision in the navel instead of the three incisions commonly used for this procedure. Since then, Dr. Roberts has performed several more single-port appendectomies and has expanded the technique to complete single-port umbilical hernia repairs and cholecystectomies (gallbladder removals).

Surgery performed with only one small incision is even less invasive than the widely performed three-port laparoscopic surgery which uses three incisions, because one incision equates to even less pain and shorter recovery time for the patient than the usual three.

In recent years, the trend in abdominal surgery has been to reduce the number of incisions necessary. Dr. Roberts' single-port abdominal surgical procedures involve using only one single port, or incision, for entry into the abdomen and repair or removal of the organ. The single port is hidden in the navel and the already small incision becomes nearly invisible once the wound is healed.

"Invisible incision" surgery

Breaking still more new ground in what many surgeons consider the next frontier in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Kurt Roberts successfully performed an appendectomy with no abdominal incision. The appendix was removed through a small incision in the patient's vagina.

This advanced technique, known as an "invisible incision" appendectomy, left the patient with no external scar, no damage to the abdominal wall and minimal postoperative pain, thereby allowing for an almost immediate return to normal activity.

Without incisions in the abdomen, there is no opportunity to develop surgery-related hernias or wound infections. Patients who undergo procedures such as these are expected to recover and resume most normal activities within just a few days.

The technology to support great surgical minds

3T MRI Integrated Neuro Suite

With the installation of the 3 Tesla MRI neuro suite by IMRIS, Yale New Haven Hospital has become the first hospital in the nation to offer intra-operative MR imaging and biplane x-ray angiography for a wide range of neurosurgical, neurovascular and cardiovascular procedures. This revolutionary technology with multi-functional capabilities provides high-quality MR images before, during and after a neurosurgical procedure - without ever moving the patient.

Learn more about 3T Integrated Neuro Suite

daVinci Surgical System

At Yale New Haven Hospital, the da Vinci Surgical System enhances surgical capabilities, providing superior visualization and greater precision. As a result, surgeons can now perform even complex surgery using 1-2 cm. incisions. This enables healthcare providers to offer a minimally invasive treatment option to the broadest possible range of patients. YNHH surgeons use the daVinci Surgical System is used for gynecologic and urological procedures.

Surgical Specialties

The physicians, surgeons and staff at YNHH use a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to surgery, providing personalized treatment for adults and children. Yale New Haven Hospital surgical specialties include:

  • Cardiac surgery
  • Dental surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Gynecologic surgery
  • Head and Neck surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Transplantation surgery
  • Trauma surgery
  • Urologic surgery
  • Vascular surgery

Surgical Centers

Yale New Haven Hospital offers more surgical suites, with more state-of-the-art technology, than any other hospital in the region. This includes operating rooms in the hospital's East and South Pavilions; pediatric ORs in the West Pavilion (Yale New Haven Children's Hospital); and brand-new facilities in the North Pavilion (Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven).