Surgery at Lourdes: Smaller Incisions, Robotics and Advanced Surgical Teams
"There's a real stream of energy you can feel when you first walk in here," said Matthew J. Finnegan, M.D., who has joined the surgical team at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. "I think that energy helps you get better fast."
In the Lourdes Health System surgical suites in two South Jersey locations, that energy builds as staff members file in from pre-dawn darkness and start circulating in the stunning intensity of 9000-footcandle O.R. lights.
A veteran surgeon of impressive credentials and reputation, Finnegan specializes in complex cases and his first of this day surely is: closure of a colostomy with repair of an abdominal hernia. He is upbeat, pleased to be working in what is fast-becoming the chosen destination for discerning patients (see Why a Top Surgeon Chose Lourdes).
In another surgical suite, Rajen Butani, M.D. is about to operate sitting down, slipping his hands into the sophisticated mechanism of a robotic surgical system to remove a cancerous prostate. Dr. Butani is one of a growing number of surgeons trained to do the robotic surgery at Lourdes, which means smaller incisions, less blood loss and shorter recovery.
Meanwhile, at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, David Greenbaum, M.D., begins a remarkable feat: creating a small stomach pouch for a severely obese patient. He is part of a three-physician team that has performed more than 1,500 hours of weight loss procedures that have offered obese patients a new way of life.
The prowess of Lourdes surgeons is attracting more and more attention. The New Jersey Heart Institute at Lourdes already has a Five Star ranking for cardiac bypass and heart valve surgery. More and more, patients are telling their friends "I'm having surgery at Lourdes."