Lehigh Valley Health Network Leads the Way with Cutting-Edge Robotic Surgery Technology

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is a leader in robotic surgery technology, with the Da Vinci 5 surgical system being one of the first health systems worldwide and the only one in Pennsylvania to offer it to patients. This advanced system is now available at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Allentown, allowing patients to undergo a variety of surgical procedures.

The Da Vinci 5 system from Intuitive has been designed to improve patient outcomes, efficiency, and insights while lowering the cost of care based on over a decade of research and development with over 14 million procedures performed using various generations of Da Vinci technology. As James Miller, president of LVHN’s Northampton region and senior vice president of Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence, emphasizes, it is important to utilize robotics in surgery for better clinical outcomes and overall value rather than simply for the technology’s sake.

Surgeons can now have better tactile sensations and visual information with the Da Vinci 5 surgical system thanks to force feedback technology. This allows them to sense and measure the force exerted on tissue during surgery, resulting in gentler surgeries for patients. Dr. Myrian Curet, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Intuitive highlights that this technology allows surgeons to perform complex surgeries with up to 43 percent less force on tissue compared to traditional methods based on preclinical trials.

Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence has expanded its robotic surgery capabilities with 17 Da Vinci systems across 15 specialties. Dr. Michael Pasquale, physician-in-chief at Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence emphasizes that their experience and expertise obtained from performing a high volume of robotic surgeries results in less pain, reduced blood loss, and quicker recovery times for patients. With these advancements in technology and expertise

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