Wait times represent the average estimated length of time from registration to being assigned a "first provider" (a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). Times displayed for Atlantic Health Systems are:

  • Reported as an average of wait times for the previous 2 hours of patients that have presented to the emergency department and have been seen by a provider
  • Refreshed at least every 15 minutes

Many circumstances can affect wait times - for example, patients arriving by ambulance or with life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Patients with severe conditions will be seen before those with less-serious problems or ailments. These times are provided for informational purposes only and cannot be guaranteed upon arrival.

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NanoKnife Surgical Ablation

Traditional ablation techniques are sometimes limited in the treatment of tumors because they use heat, which can damage surrounding healthy structures. The NanoKnife® System provides a solution to this problem, using electrical currents instead of heat, so it causes no harm to blood vessels, veins and bile ducts. This allows sugeons to treat tumors in difficult locations that previously would have been inoperable.

Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center was the first in New Jersey to offer NanoKnife surgical ablation, also known as irreversible electroporation (IRE), and our medical professionals were trained by the pioneer of the technology. We use it for the treatment of:

  • Un-resectable pancreatic tumors that are confined to the pancreas
  • Liver tumors that involve the hepatic arteries, veins or portal vein
  • Colorectal liver metastases
  • Neuroendocrine tumors

What to Expect During NanoKnife Surgical Ablation

Patients receive general anesthesia, after which the surgeon uses a tiny camera to make sure the cancer has not spread. If it has not, he or she makes an incision in the upper abdomen. NanoKnife probes are then placed around the tumor, delivering a series of electrical impulses until it is destroyed.

NanoKnife patients can expect a five to seven-day hospital stay, depending on the extent of their surgery. Some may require a temporary colostomy until they can move their bowels and most will resume normal activities within four to six weeks. Post-surgical chemotherapy is sometimes required depending on the tumor type and if any tissue remains after the procedure.