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A Leader in Robotic Surgery, Virtua Celebrates 35,000 Total Procedures

Robotic hernia surgery patients Marcia Hinden (second from right) and her son-in-law David Monk (second from left) celebrate Virtua's milestone with family members and their surgeon, Craig Zaretsky, MD (center).Virtua has reached a major landmark: 35,000 total robotic surgeries, more than any other South Jersey provider. And for certain robotic procedures, Virtua has conducted the most in the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond.

From robotic hernia repairs to kidney transplants to hip and knee replacements, these advanced surgeries offer greater precision, fewer complications, and faster recovery with less pain.

"This milestone represents Virtua's commitment to staying at the forefront of robotic surgery, and to investing in advanced technology to provide patients with the best possible care," said Paul Minnick, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, president of Virtua Voorhees and Marlton hospitals and a senior vice president of Virtua Health.

At a recent celebration of this achievement, patient Marcia Hinden thanked Virtua and surgeon Craig Zaretsky, MD, for her robotic hernia repair this summer. "Two days after the operation, I was fine. I was in no pain and stopped taking pain medication. I'm very grateful for that," said the retired teacher.

Patient Rick Hoffmann had a different type of robotic surgery-hip replacement-and is equally thrilled with the results.  
"I feel fantastic. I don't even think about my hip. It's amazing!" said Hoffmann, who was previously sidelined by severe hip pain. Since the surgery, he's back to working as a tennis instructor and competing in national tournaments.   

Rajesh Jain, MD, of Virtua Orthopedics & Spine performed Hoffmann's robotic hip replacement, which required no hospital stay.

Learn more about robotic surgery at Virtua or call 888-847-8823

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