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Robotic Surgery at Jefferson Hospital

Robotic Surgery at Jefferson Hospital

Through the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System, Jefferson Hospital surgeons can provide the least invasive option for certain complex surgical procedures.

The da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System offers improved outcomes for specific types of women’s cancers and other surgeries, according to Fredric Price, MD, a leader in robotic and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Price and other specially trained surgeons will be using the da Vinci robotic system at Jefferson Hospital for gynecological and general surgeries.

Robot-assisted surgery can minimize the pain and risk associated with large incisions, speed recovery time and produce excellent clinical outcomes. Robotic-assisted surgeries are producing excellent patient outcomes at Jefferson Hospital in the areas of bariatric surgery, general surgery and women’s surgeries.

Gynecologic surgeries with the da Vinci System address complex hysterectomies, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and other conditions.

“Bringing the robotic platform to Jefferson has given our patients surgical options previously unavailable to them, close to home in their own community,” Dr. Price said.

Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery provides doctors with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. A growing number of women’s surgeries are being performed with the robotic system, said gynecologist Thomas Cunningham, MD, who also performs robotic surgery.

“Controlled by the surgeon, the robot’s arms can articulate more than the human hand,” Dr. Cunningham said. “It provides very smooth motions with the clarity of a high-definition 3-D imaging system.”

For more information about Advanced Surgery at Jefferson Hospital, call 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677).


Surgery at Jefferson Hospital

Responding to a growing need for specialized surgical services, Jefferson Hospital continues to expand its surgical program to bring more advanced procedures performed by exceptional surgeons to residents of Pittsburgh’s South Hills.

With more than 10,000 surgeries performed annually, Jefferson is proud to provide an exceptional level of surgical expertise and care – from routine procedures to major operations, scheduled and emergency, inpatient and outpatient surgery.

State-of-the-art operating rooms provide the capabilities for new and expanded surgical services. Additional surgeons have joined our experienced medical team of specialists to offer expanded surgical capabilities in gastroenterology, neurosurgery and liver surgery.

“More advanced surgery is something we have wanted for a long time at Jefferson. It will improve people’s lives,” said John Dempster, president and CEO.

Board-certified surgeons have brought their expertise in minimally invasive techniques to Jefferson Hospital, expanding the scope of surgical possibilities.

“In the last two decades, we have continuously expanded the laparoscopic approach to include surgeries once thought never to be done in any manner other than classic open surgery,” said general surgeon Charles Cline, MD, of Jefferson Hills Surgical Specialists.

“With the development of better equipment, increased use of optics — including 3D cameras – and the hiring of laparoscopic fellowship-trained surgeons, we can now better serve our patients with the latest minimally invasive techniques.”

Examples of advanced surgeries being done as laparoscopic procedures include resections for esophageal and pancreatic cancers, sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss and minimally invasive, robot-guided gynecological procedures.

For more information about advanced surgery at Jefferson Hospital, call 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677) (412.362.8677.)