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Published on January 05, 2007

New Surgical Option: Robotic Surgery Offered at Abington Memorial Hospital 

ABINGTON, PA (January 5, 2007) - Robotic surgery, using the da Vinci® S Surgical System, is now available at Abington Memorial Hospital. Surgeons of many disciplines are operating with robotic technology, and making remarkable advancements in routine surgical procedures. 

The da Vinci® S Surgical System consists of an ergonomically designed surgeon's console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance vision system and proprietary EndoWrist® Instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the surgeon's hand movements are scaled, filtered and seamlessly translated into precise movements of the EndoWrist Instruments. The system cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from the surgeon. The da Vinci® Surgical System has been successfully used in tens of thousands of minimally invasive procedures worldwide.

Robotic surgery offers patients many benefits, including less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, and more pain control, so that patients can recover more quickly, allowing them to get back into their daily routine sooner.

Currently the following procedures are being offered at Abington: prostatectomies, myomectomies (fibroid removal), tubal ligation reversals, hysterectomies, salpingo-oophorectomies (ovary and fallopian tube removal), weight loss surgery, and kidney reconstruction. Abington's team of trained robotics surgical specialists includes a reproductive endocrinologist, colon and rectal surgeons, gynecologic oncologists, urologists, a bariatric surgeon, pediatric urologists and a pediatric surgeon. 

Lee R. Schachter, M.D., who recently joined the medical staff at Abington Memorial Hospital in the Division of Urology, has been appointed the director of the Robotic Surgery Program.