Robotic Colorectal Surgery   

Robotic Colorectal Surgery Experience Leads to Outstanding Patient Outcomes

Hackensack University Medical Center’s long-standing commitment to robotic surgery provides infrastructure for innovation and excellence in colorectal care

Robotic Colorectal Surgery

Since the inception of robotic surgery, Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center has been at the forefront of the latest developments in robotic technology and techniques.

Today colorectal surgery patients are benefiting from the strength of the robotics program and the breadth of robotic surgery experience brought by colorectal surgeons Howard Ross, M.D., Chair of Surgery/Surgeon-in-Chief; Steven Lee-Kong, M.D., Chief of Colorectal Surgery; and Ryan Moore, M.D.

“Our colorectal surgery team includes physicians with the longest combined experience with robotic colorectal surgery in New Jersey, and our hospital is among the highest-volume robotic colorectal surgery centers in the region,” said Dr. Ross. “Our operating room nurses work seamlessly and efficiently with our surgeons to promote outstanding surgical outcomes.”

Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked in the top decile in the U.S. for colorectal surgery length of stay, surgical site infection and readmission rates, according to the hospital’s 2021 report from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). The hospital also trains residents and fellows in the use of robotic technology for colorectal cancer surgery.

“We have the technology and experience to perform efficient and safe robotic colorectal surgery procedures,” said Dr. Lee-Kong. “When combined with the type of infrastructure and organizational support we have at Hackensack University Medical Center, these elements work together to create a robust program.”

Starting in late 2022, Hackensack University Medical Center patients will have access to the new nine-story, 530,000-square-foot Helena Theurer Pavilion—a medical/surgical tower equipped with all-private patient rooms and a robotic surgery “pod” of operating suites that will house the hospital’s six robotic surgical systems.

The Pavilion is thoughtfully designed to enhance the patient, family and team member experience. Patients who are having robotic surgery will have access to innovative, “smart hospital” features and technology—inside and outside the operating room.

“Robotic surgery is a great tool for colorectal surgeons because it allows us to perform bigger surgeries through smaller incisions,” said Dr. Moore. “As a result, our patients can go home the same day or the next day, and experience less pain, less blood loss, and a lower risk of complications.”

Learn more about colorectal surgery innovations at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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