Cataldo Doria M.D., Ph.D., first surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to perform a robotically assisted liver resection. He is only one of a handful of surgeons across the country certified to do so. Liver resection involves the partial removal of the liver. For many individuals diagnosed with liver cancer, this treatment option offers the best chance for long-term survival or cure. Surgery to remove a tumor is the surest method of eliminating the cancer and preventing its spread to other parts of the body but the traditional open procedure can take as much as six hours with a four or five day hospital stay. Now, eligible patients have an alternative to traditional liver resection that utilizes the latest robotic system to assist the surgeon in performing this delicate operation. Click image to Play Video To watch the video online, please install Quick Time Player Click here to download the player Using the da Vinci robot system, Dr. Doria, Nicoletti Family Professor of Transplant Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University; director of the Division of Transplantation; and co-director of the liver tumor program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is able to perform this complex surgical procedure with improved precision and ergonomics as well as a three-dimensional view of the surgical site. Similar to a human hand, the robotic instruments translate the natural movements of a surgeon's hand into precise movements inside the abdominal cavity. The three-dimensional view of the operative field, along with a greater degree of freedom and tremor filtration, provides a surgeon with full dexterity to perform delicate dissection and precise suturing. "A robotically-assisted liver resection is a viable alternative for eligible patients to more traditional open or laparoscopic surgery," said Dr. Doria. The patient will benefit as a result of improved cosmetic results, shorter hospitalization times and less postoperative pain. Source: Newswise << Seaweed With Antimalarial Properties Sheila Dikshit: Reducing the Effect of Climate Change >> Recommended Reading New Surgery for Liver Cancer Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System developed novel surgical procedure for patients with certain types of liver cancers. READ MORE Early-Stage Liver Cancer Survival Influenced by Race Report says black patients with early-stage liver cancer appear more likely to die of the disease than Hispanic or white patients with the same condition READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Blood - Sugar Chart More News on: Hepatitis ALiverWilson's DiseaseMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?