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St. Joe's Completes 600th Robot-Assisted Surgery

6/6/2014 12:00:00 AM  

WARREN, Ohio (June 5, 2014) – St. Joseph Health Center’s Robotic Surgical Services recently achieved a landmark accomplishment: completion of its 600th robot-assisted surgery.

Dr. Anthony DeSalvo performed the 600th robot-assisted surgery, a robot-assisted hysterectomy.

“Because patients who undergo minimally invasive robot-assisted procedures have less pain and recover faster, it makes sense for anyone who is a candidate to choose robot-assisted surgery,” Dr. DeSalvo says. “Most of my patients want to get back to their normal routines as fast as possible and robot-assisted surgery allows them to do that.”

The first robot-assisted surgery in Trumbull County was completed at St. Joseph Health Center April 13, 2012. Dr. DeSalvo performed that surgery, also a robot-assisted hysterectomy, on a 26-year-old mother of four.

Hysterectomies and oophorectomies (surgical removal of the ovaries) were the first robot-assisted procedures offered at St. Joe’s. Since then, the variety of robot-assisted procedures performed by surgeons at St. Joe’s have grown to include a wider variety of gynecologic procedures, general surgical procedures such as gall bladder removal, and surgical weight-loss procedures.

Humility of Mary Health Partners introduced robot-assisted surgery to the Mahoning Valley in 2007 and until last year, remained the only health care provider in nine contiguous counties – Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Ashtabula, Geauga and Portage counties in Ohio, and Mercer, Lawrence and Beaver counties in Pennsylvania – to offer robot-assisted surgery, the world’s most advanced surgical treatment option.

HMHP remains the most experienced provider of robot-assisted surgical procedures in the region.

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