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Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Announces Addition of Two State-of-The-Art Surgical Systems for Minimally Invasive Surgeries

March 8, 2019

Over 8,900 Robotic Surgery Cases Performed at Medical Center to Date

March 8, 2019, Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has added two state-of-the-art da Vinci Xi Surgical Systems to its surgical service offering. The systems will allow more minimally invasive (robotic) procedures to be performed at the medical center, which has completed over 8,900 robotic cases to date.

A hernia surgery, bowel surgery, and hysterectomy were performed the first day the systems were operational.

“Morristown Medical Center is dedicated to serving the health needs of the community, and that means offering more minimally invasive surgical options to help our patients return to their lives faster,” said Michael Hernando, MD, director of minimally invasive and robotic surgery at Morristown Medical Center. “With a total of three systems, we’re able to offer our patients the latest technology piloted by a highly experienced surgical team, less downtime, and a shorter waiting period to schedule the surgery. We’re also expanding our minimally invasive surgical procedures offered in an outpatient setting.”

Minimally invasive surgery allows surgeons to perform certain surgeries using instruments inserted through small incisions rather than a long, large incision. Minimally invasive surgeries often allow patients to return home faster, and have led to fewer complications, faster recovery, less blood loss and need for pain medication, and reduced scarring.

Examples of surgeries that can be performed minimally invasively include bariatric surgery, general surgery, head and neck surgery, pediatric urologic surgery, transoral surgery, gynecologic surgery and gynecologic oncology, and urologic and urogynecologic surgery.

Morristown Medical Center was one of the first hospitals on the Eastern Seaboard to perform a robotic sacrocolpopexy to correct female pelvic prolapse and is the only hospital in NJ to treat endometrial cancer patients with an add-on to the da Vinci Surgical System called Firefly™ Fluorescence Imaging.

Learn more about robotic surgery at Atlantic Health System or speak with your physician.

Da Vinci Xi surgical robot

About the da Vinci Surgical System

The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced technologies to assist surgeons with operations. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by the surgeon. The da Vinci Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image is highly magnified, so surgeons have a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on. The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing the surgeon to make small, precise movements. Learn more information about clinical evidence related to da Vinci Surgery >

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 16,800 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers more than 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. This network includes 1,000 physicians and providers comprising one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey - Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners which work to enhance patient care delivery.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs including 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.