Robotic Surgery Program
The Robotic Surgery program at Butler Health System allows surgeons to
perform many types of procedures with increased precision, control and
flexibility than some traditional options. Robotics surgery is advanced
laparoscopic surgery (tiny incisions) that enables the surgeon to perform
minimally invasive surgery with greater precision resulting in better
outcomes. Robotics surgery may be performed for hernia repair, gallbladder
removal, bowel resections, hysterectomy and prostatectomy.
“We evaluate each candidate for robotic surgery on a case by case
basis,” says Tony Maalouf, MD, head of Butler Health System’s
Robotic Surgery program. “We take into consideration the patient’s
overall health, and the type of surgery that is needed.”
The Intuitive Surgical Robot, by daVinci Surgical is a mobile piece of
equipment that can be used in any of BHS’ operating rooms. It consists
of a robotic arm with a magnified viewing field and tools with more range
of motion than a human hand.
The surgeon controls the robot at a console that is located near the patient.
A laparoscope, or thin tube with a tiny camera and light sends images
to a video monitor in the operating room to guide the surgeon and support
staff in assisting during the surgery.
Some benefits of Robotic Surgery include: better visualization due to magnification,
more precision and flexibility in maneuvering instruments, decreased Length
of Stay for patients, less postoperative pain and improved recovery times.
BHS Robotic Surgery program was partially funded by the BHS Foundation’s
Listen to a recent radio show featuring Dr. Tony Maalouf discussing the
BHS Robotic Surgery Program
Learn more – BHS identified by CTR as being the first in Pennsylvania
to be a Center of Excellence for all four accreditations in robotic, bariatric,
hernia, and minimally invasive surgery
To see our Robotic Hernia Surgery Commercial,