Robotic surgery growing in Erie

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ERIE, Pa. — Robotic surgery has continued to grow more popular over the years and on Thursday the community was able to try their hand at performing robotic surgery at UPMC Hamot.

“It was pretty easy,” said Alan Heineman who tried the surgical robotic unit on Thursday.

Robotic surgery allows surgeons to have better vision and precision.

“it’s basically the next phase of laparoscopic surgery,” said Dr. Amjad Ali of UPMC Hamot.

Surgical robots are often used for general surgery but also bariatric, gynecological and urological.

Last year, UPMC Hamot performed nearly 500 robotic surgeries, and they said there are many benefits to doing it this way.

Robotic surgery was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000 and UPMC Hamot was the first hospital in this area to get a unit.   

Ali said the units are becoming more user-friendly, therefore more hospitals are adapting the technology and using robotic surgery.

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