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Robotic surgery to the rescue for woman with diverticulitis

When Summit Surgical nurse Erica Bradford's mother Valerie was diagnosed with diverticulitis, neither Erica nor her mother knew what to do next. Diverticulitis is a condition where the inner lining of the intestine becomes inflamed or infected.

"My mother had multiple episodes with diverticulitis and, in a few instances, was hospitalized because of it," says Erica. After all of her struggles with this condition, her mother knew that surgery could help her feel better. But she was apprehensive about the procedure and the recovery time. The procedure, robotic sigmoid colon resection, uses only a few minor incisions about 8mm in length, to remove the infected section of colon.

"A co-worker told me Dr. Keith Meslin had preformed the same surgery on her husband using robotics, and he was thrilled with the results," says Erica.

Robotic-assisted surgery is one of the latest options in minimally invasive surgery. It allows a surgeon to perform procedures with only small or, sometimes, no major incisions allowing for a quicker recovery. "After speaking with Dr. Meslin, my mother decided to go with the robotic surgery," says Erica. And with only a minor incision, Dr. Meslin removed her sigmoid colon, and put her on the fast track to recovery. Today, Valerie is back to perfect health. In fact, it only took a few days to be back on her feet, and she was off her pain medication in less than a week. With her mother feeling more like herself, Erica breathes a sigh of relief: "That is one of the benefits of working at Virtua; I am surrounded with high quality physicians and staff who were able to help me get my mother the care she needed."

 

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.