Ocean Medical Center Robotic Surgery Program Marks One Year Anniversary with 100th Case

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Ocean Medical Center Robotic Surgery Program Marks One Year Anniversary with 100th Case

A year after introducing robotic surgery at Ocean Medical Center, physicians marked the milestone with the completion of their 100th case.

The medical center began offering the latest technology in surgery to the community when it added the da Vinci® SiT Surgical System to the comprehensive resources in the operating room. This technology offers the surgical staff and residents in the region outstanding treatment options for particular surgical needs. A variety of surgical specialists are trained to use this technology, and they are currently performing robotic surgery for colorectal, general, gynecologic, oncologic gynecologic and urology cases.

"This is a tremendous resource for residents in Ocean County and a great extension of our multidisciplinary approach to care," says Thomas Lake, M.D., colorectal medical director for Meridian Cancer Care, who has performed colon resections using the robot at Ocean Medical Center. "It offers a level of precision and improved visualization that allows you to get into places you otherwise couldn't with other approaches."

He notes that there are plans to expand robotic procedures in the area of thoracic oncology.

Robot-assisted surgery allows patients to have major surgery with only a few tiny incisions. Benefits include faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, less pain, less risk of infection, smaller incisions with less scarring, and a quicker return to daily activities.

Obstetrician and gynecologist Alfred Parchment, M.D. performed the 100th robotic case and attests to the benefits of this treatment option.

"This innovation offers great dexterity and amazing visualization," says Dr. Parchment. "Many patients have experienced less pain because of the smaller incisions, and they are getting back to regular activities quicker. Where recovery often takes four to six weeks with other surgical approaches, I've seen robotic patients return to work in just two to three weeks."

The Meridian Centers for Robotic Surgery provide residents in Monmouth and Ocean counties with access to the most current da Vinci Si robotic surgery technology at three convenient locations. In addition to Ocean Medical Center in Brick, the da Vinci Si Surgical System is available at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.

For more information visit www.MeridianHealth.com/RoboticSurgery or call 1-800-DOCTORS for a free physician referral.

About Ocean Medical Center
Standing out as a premier medical center along the Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center is home to exceptional talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing medical campus, all surrounded by a community that offers quality of life for individuals and families of all ages. Ocean is a 321-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick, New Jersey that provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines. Some key services include designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab and neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; DaVinci robotic surgery; general, thoracic, and vascular surgery; comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies; a Joint Commission accredited orthopedic program; one of the nation's most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; maternity, Acute Care of the Elderly, and critical care services. The Medical Center recently completed a four-level expansion that has transformed the campus through an $82 million project that sets a foundation for future decades of growth. The main component of the project is a new 44,300 sq. ft. Emergency Department. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses who work in collaboration with the medical staff, and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. The Medical Center has grown tremendously since opening in 1984 and is well positioned to evolve and respond to the changing community and health care landscape.