MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA – Jefferson Lansdale Hospital has announced it is now offering a robotic surgical option for certain minimally invasive procedures.
The new robotic surgery program gives patients a chance to undergo minimally invasive procedures for things like hernia repair, gallbladder removal and knee replacements, as well as acting as an alternative to other general surgical procedures.
“Robotic surgery provides patients with more options as they seek care, and we are very pleased to be able to offer our local community this state-of-the-art technology in the form of two different robots for two different specialties with plans in the works to add other specialties in the future, “Katie Farrell, chief administrative officer at Jefferson Lansdale Hospital, said in a statement. “This technology benefits people scheduling planned surgeries, as well as those who seek care through our Emergency Department.”
The hospital says that patients who undergo robotic surgical procedures can expect to experience less pain, smaller incisions and a quicker recovery period.
“It enables complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach; its immersive 3D-HD vision system gives surgeons a highly magnified view, ‘extending’ their eyes and hands into the patients,” John Phu, the surgeon handling the robotic surgery program, said in a statement.
Phu said that the equipment used provides surgeons with magnification that is 10 times greater than the human eye.
The robotic surgery program, which is also now available at Jefferson Abington Hospital in eastern Montgomery County, is being utilized in cases of orthopedic procedures such as knee replacements.
According to Andrew M. Star, chief of the Division of Orthopedics at both Jefferson Abington Hospital and Jefferson Lansdale Hospital, the robotic technology is made up of computers and a robotic arm that are used in conjunction with one another to provide computerized guidance and placement of joint replacement implants rather than strictly relying on traditional mechanical instruments.
“Instantaneous feedback of ligament and soft tissue tensions optimize balance and function in the knee,” Star said in a statement.
While the robotic program helps with accuracy, surgeons still need to perform all of the other traditional functions of knee replacements, he said, including preparing the bone and placing the implant.