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Published on April 05, 2022

Jefferson Lansdale Hospital Launches Robotic Surgery Program

Hatfield Township, PA (April 5, 2022) Jefferson Lansdale Hospital has introduced a robotic surgery program and now offers the option of minimally invasive robotic surgery for hernia repair, gallbladder removal and other general surgery procedures, as well as robotic surgery for knee replacements. The hospital added two distinct robotic platforms to perform orthopaedic and general surgeries.

The general surgeon who works with robotic technology in the operating room at Jefferson Lansdale Hospital is John Phu, MD, clinical assistant professor of surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. Orthopaedic surgeons on staff at Jefferson Lansdale Hospital and members of Rothman Orthopaedics regularly perform robotic knee replacements for our patients. Robotic surgery is also available at Jefferson Abington Hospital in Abington, PA.

Said Katie Farrell, chief administrative officer, Jefferson Lansdale Hospital, “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 surgical robots for two different specialties with plans in the works to add other specialties in the future. This technology benefits people scheduling planned surgeries, as well as those who seek care through our Emergency Department.”

Robotic Technology in General Surgery

Robotic surgery can offer patients undergoing general surgery procedures quicker recovery times, less pain and smaller incisions, according to Phu.

“It enables complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach; its immersive 3D-HD vision system gives surgeons a highly magnified view,” he said, “‘extending’ their eyes and hands into the patient.” The equipment provides the surgeon with magnification that is ten times greater than the human eye.

Robotic Technology in Orthopaedics

“Orthopaedic robotic technology is comprised of computers and a robotic arm which are used to provide computerized guidance and placement of the joint replacement implants rather than traditional mechanical instruments,” said Andrew M. Star, MD, chief of the Division of Orthopaedics at Jefferson Abington Hospital and Jefferson Lansdale Hospital. “Instantaneous feedback of ligament and soft tissue tensions optimize balance and function in the knee.”

He also said that the robotic arm and the navigation provides guidance and accuracy, but the surgeon still needs to perform all of the traditional functions of the knee replacement, including preparing the bone and placing the implant.

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About Jefferson Lansdale Hospital

Jefferson Lansdale Hospital is a 140-bed, acute care general hospital providing a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. The facility includes an emergency department, an 18-bed Orthopedic and Spine Institute, a Sleep Center and Wound Care Center. In 2021, the hospital earned The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll for excellence in providing quality stroke care. It was the first hospital in the nation in 2020 to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Acute Heart Attack Ready Certification.

About Jefferson Health - Abington

Jefferson Health – Abington encompasses Jefferson Abington Hospital in Abington, PA, Jefferson Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, PA, and seven convenient outpatient facilities located in Blue Bell, Elkins Park, Horsham, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomeryville, Warminster and Willow Grove. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Jefferson Abington Hospital and Jefferson Lansdale Hospital. Jefferson Health - Abington is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, an organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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