Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Marks 5-year Anniversary of Robotic Assisted Surgery Program

August 30, 2017

August 2017 marks the fifth year for Conemaugh Memorial’s Robotic Assisted Surgery program. The first robotic assisted surgery was performed in August of 2012 – a robotic laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) by Dr. Russell Dumire.

Since that time nearly 2,000 robotic assisted surgeries have been performed at Conemaugh Memorial. Currently the following specialties and surgeons are performing surgery using the robot:

  • Gynecology: Dr. Delbert Yoder, Dr. Douglas Barnas, and Dr. Jihad Azar
  • Urology: Dr. Louis Remynse
  • General: Dr. D’Arcy Duke, Dr. Russell Dumire and Dr. Stanley Zagorski
  • Cardiothoracic: Dr. Savas Mavridis

Conemaugh Memorial’s Operating Room staff has a robotics team who, over the years, have received specialized training specific to robotic surgery. At least one registered nurse and two surgical techs are assigned to each robotic case.

“Kudos to our physicians and operating room staff who took the initiative to train on this technology to provide another option for patients,” says Dr. Stanley Zagorski, general and bariatric surgeon with Conemaugh Physician Group- Surgery and Medical Director of the Robotic Assisted Surgery Program at Conemaugh. “Robotic Assisted Surgery offers surgeons 3D visualization and 360 degree motion with our instruments resulting in very precise movement to provide our patients the best possible care. With five years under our belts we offer a very experienced program. Our patients are pleased to have these additional minimally invasive options available to them.”

The technology allows surgeons to perform even complex surgeries with great precision through very small incisions, results in big benefits for patients.

Some of those benefits include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced risk of infections
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Decreased pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • Minimal scarring

The robot will be on display at a Patient Safety fair at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Atrium on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.