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Lehigh Valley Health Network is the First in the Region, One of 15 in the World, to Acquire the Latest Robotic Surgery Technology

da Vinci single port system provides additional benefits for patients

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will be the first health care provider in the region and among just a few in the world to acquire the innovative da Vinci single port (SP) robotic surgery system. The SP is the latest robotic-assisted technology used by surgeons to perform minimally invasive urologic surgical procedures, including prostate cancer and kidney cancer, as approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

The da Vinci SP system provides surgeons with robotic-assisted technology designed for deep and narrow access to tissue in the body. The ability to enter the body through a single, small incision helps surgeons perform more complex procedures.

“Surgeons only need to make a one-inch incision utilizing da Vinci SP, which may reduce pain, shorten the healing process, limit complications and get the patient back to work and other normal activities more quickly,” according to Angelo Baccala, LVHN’s Chief of Urology.

Baccala said this pioneering technology will further enhance LVHN’s urologic robotics program, part of the largest and most advanced robotics program in the region with at least one robot at six of LVHN’s hospital campuses. The arrival of the SP, expected next month, will boost the program to 10 robots with nearly 50 surgeons performing procedures in 11 specialties. LVHN’s program has performed more than 14,000 robotic procedures since 2008. LVHN becomes just the 15th health care provider in the world to offer urologic surgery using the da Vinci SP.

“This acquisition places Lehigh Valley Health Network’s robotic surgery program on the world stage,” said Martin Martino, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute. “Acquiring the da Vinci SP further demonstrates our commitment to improve minimally invasive surgery with technology that can positively impact patient outcomes. In addition, it will further enhance our position as a training ground for clinicians around the country.”

The da Vinci SP is the fourth-generation da Vinci surgical device. The FDA approved da Vinci SP for urologic procedures in June 2018. It is anticipated that within the next year, the FDA will decide on the approval of the da Vinci SP for additional procedures, such as ear, nose and throat (ENT) and colorectal surgery.

The da Vinci surgical systems are designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. Da Vinci systems are not programmed to perform surgery on their own. Instead, the procedure is performed entirely by a surgeon who controls the system. Da Vinci systems offer surgeons high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view, and robotic and computer assistance. They use specialized instrumentation, including a miniaturized surgical camera and wristed instruments (i.e., scissors, scalpels and forceps) that are designed to help with precise dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.

For additional information about Lehigh Valley Health Network’s urology robotics department, visit LVHN.org/robotics.

About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.