Ocean Medical Center Performs 1,000 Robotic Surgeries   

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BRICK – Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center’s Center for Robotic Surgery hit a new milestone when they performed their 1,000th robotic surgery

Colon and rectal surgeon, Thomas R. Lake, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, performed the 1,000th procedure, a robotic-assisted low anterior resection procedure. Lake used the da Vinci Xi, the latest technology in minimally invasive surgery.

“It is such an impressive achievement to mark 1,000 robotic surgical cases. I am so proud of our Ocean Medical Center team. We are establishing ourselves as a center of excellence in robotic surgery in the community and in Ocean County,” said Dean Q. Lin, MBA, FACHE, FCPP, regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health and president of Ocean Medical Center. “Our progress and growth over the past few years has been possible thanks to the expertise, passion and commitment of our surgeons and our amazing surgical team.”

Robotic surgery is minimally invasive and used for a wide range of conditions in specialties like colorectal, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, thoracic, urology and urogynecology and pelvic reconstruction.

“The number of robotics cases has steadily increased since the Robotic Surgery Program began in 2013,” says Robotic Committee Chair Pierre Mendoza, M.D. “Reaching the 1,000th robotic case is a tremendous accomplishment that demonstrates the team’s determination to deliver superior care and a level of expertise not available through all robotic programs in New Jersey.”

With robot surgery, surgeons can perform more complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with precision. Patients ages 14 to 95 have benefited from this technology, seeing faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, less risk of infection, smaller incisions with less scaring, and a quicker return to daily activities.

For more information about the Center for Robotic Surgery, visit hackensackmeridianhealth.org/services/robotic-assisted-surgery/or call 1-732-840-2200.