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Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery at BHS allows our surgeons to perform many types of procedures with increased precision, control and flexibility over some traditional options. Robotic surgery is advanced laparoscopic surgery (tiny incisions) that enables the surgeon to perform minimally invasive surgery with greater precision resulting in better outcomes. Robotic 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.

The BHS Robotic Surgery program was partially funded by the BHS Foundation’s Crystal Ball.

Did you know?
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. Watch our Robotic Hernia Surgery Commercial - click here.

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