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Melrose-Wakefield Hospital offers robotic-assisted surgery to patients
Story Number is : 012918106
Hallmark Health System

Surgeons at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital are now offering advanced robotic-assisted operations to local patients needing surgical care.

The addition of the new da Vinci Xi Surgical System will allow surgeons at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital to operate robotically for a number of complex surgeries. This means that the advantages of robotic surgery - smaller incisions, less blood loss during surgery, fewer complications and shorter recovery periods – will now be available to patients here in the community.

Surgeons Matthew Brown, MD, and Adam Blau, MD, lead the robotic surgery program at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Dr. Brown is associate chairman of surgery at Hallmark Health and he also oversees the Tufts Medical Center surgical residency program at Hallmark Health. Dr. Blau completed a fellowship in robotic and minimally invasive abdominal surgery at Albany Medical Center, training under one of the nation’s leaders in robotic abdominal surgery.

“Providing robotic-assisted surgery to our patients is part of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital’s focus on growing services and offering more advanced surgical options,” said Dr. Brown, MD. “Our goal is to provide a high level of care to patients here in the communities where they live, and reduce the number of unnecessary hospital visits to Boston.”

Surgeons specifically trained on the da Vinci Xi at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital will be able to perform numerous kinds of abdominal, gynecological, and urological operations. Specifically, surgeons can offer robotic-assisted hernia repair, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, anti-reflux surgery, gallbladder surgery, surgery of the small and large intestine, weight-loss surgery, prostate surgery, kidney surgery, and surgery of the ovaries and uterus.

The robotic system acts as an extension of the surgeon's eyes and hands, giving the physician 3-D magnified vision and 360° dexterity of four arms, which allows for more effective, precise surgical movements. The surgeon is 100% in control of the robot, which translates his/her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body. The immersive 3D-HD vision system provides surgeons a highly magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.

“Patients who have robotic-assisted surgery often recover faster, have less post-operative pain, and need little or no narcotic pain medicine compared to open and laparoscopic surgeries,” said Dr. Blau. “It is very exciting to offer patients the latest surgical techniques at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.”
For more information on minimally invasive and robotic surgical options at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, visit

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