Types of Surgery

General Surgery/SILS
The latest advance in minimally invasive surgery is a technique called the Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, or SILS. The SILS technique allows the surgeon to perform a procedure through a single, thumb-size incision in the belly button. The incision site is disguised by the natural shape and texture of the belly button.

Procedures done with SILS include:

Potential benefits include:

Our board-certified general surgeons have advanced laparoscopic and robotic-training. To learn more about how SILS and other minimally invasive surgical procedures may be able to help you click here to contact a general surgeon.

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Amit Khanna, M.D. Amit Khanna, M.D.
Colorectal Surgeon
215-836-5120

 

Reproductive Robotic Surgery
Chestnut Hill Hospital offers infertility treatment procedures, including robotics surgery for patients requiring tubal surgery or other laparoscopic procedures. Robotics helps achieve maximum results while reducing recovery time and maintaining patient comfort and convenience. Dr. Ben Gocial is one of only a select few Reproductive Endocrinologists trained in robotics surgery. Robotics techniques help to optimize the outcome of many surgical procedures, and may eliminate the need for additional treatment options, such as IVF.

For more information about reproductive robotic surgery, please click here to contact Dr. Gocial.

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Benjamin Gocial, M.D.

Benjamin Gocial, M.D.
Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
215-938-1515

 

Uterine Artery Embolization
Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) is a minimally invasive procedure done by an interventional radiologist to treat uterine fibroids. The procedure involves placing a small catheter into an artery in the groin and directing it to the blood supply of the fibroids.

Tiny particles are injected through the catheter to block the blood flow to the fibroid, causing it to shrink and symptoms to subside. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. They do not always cause symptoms, but their size and location can lead to pain, a feeling of fullness, and heavy bleeding. Only when a fibroid causes symptoms is it necessary to treat them.

Chestnut Hill Hospital board-certified interventional radiologists will provide you with additional information about this procedure if you are interested. Click here.

Richard Gray, M.D.

Richard Gray, M.D.
Interventional radiology

Louis Domenico, M.D. Louis Domenico, M.D.
Interventional radiology

 

GYN Oncology
Women face special health concerns and challenges throughout life. From transitions that begin during adolescence, continue through mid-life, and reach beyond menopause, the gynecology team at Chestnut Hill Hospital will work with you to assess your individual needs. Together, we’ll take steps to help enhance your quality of life at every stage.

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J. Stuart Ferris, M.D. J. Stuart Ferris, M.D.
Gynecological oncologist
215-707-3015
Enrique Hernandez, M.D. Enrique Hernandez, M.D.
Gynecological oncologist
215-707-3015

 

Uterine and Vaginal Vault Prolapse
You’re not alone. 120,000+ cases of uterine and vaginal vault prolapse are surgically treated each year in the US. Prolapse or falling of any pelvic floor organ (vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum) occurs when the connective tissues or muscles within the body cavity are weak and unable to hold the pelvis in its natural position

Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure to surgically correct vaginal vault prolapse by holding the vagina in the correct anatomical position. This procedure may also be performed following a hysterectomy to treat vaginal vault prolapse to provide long-term support of the vagina. If your physician recommends sacrocolpopexy you may be eligible for robotic surgery at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Our surgeons will perform the surgery through smaller incisions than those used for a traditional open approach and provide the following benefits:

Contact a urologic surgeon who uses minimally invasive procedures for sacrocolpopexy and other urologic procedures.

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Heidi Harvie, M.D.

Heidi Harvie, M.D.
Urogynecologist
215-248-3100

 

Hysterectomy
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while offering the numerous benefits over traditional surgical approaches including:

Contact a gynecologic surgeon who uses minimally invasive procedures for hysterectomy and other gynecologic procedures.

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Lynda Thomas-Mabine, M.D. Lynda Thomas-Mabine, M.D.
Gynecologist
215-248-3100
Paul Neumann, M.D. Paul Neumann, M.D.
Gynecologist
215-646-2213

 

Vein/Vascular Surgery
Noninvasive Testing – providing early detection of abnormalities in the arteries and veins that lead to common vascular diseases such as stroke, aneurysms, claudication, deep vein thrombosis and peripheral arterial disease.

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Matthew Dougherty, M.D. Matthew Dougherty, M.D.
Penn Vascular Associates
215-836-5120
Doug Troutman, M.D. Doug Troutman, M.D.
Penn Vascular Associates
215-836-5120
Keith Calligaro, M.D. Keith Calligaro, M.D.
Penn Vascular Associates
215-836-5120

 

Weight Loss
If you and your physician have determined that surgery is the best way to reach your weight loss goals, you can count on Chestnut Hill Hospital. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists including physicians, nurses, nutritionists and physical therapists is dedicated to helping you enjoy a healthier life.

We will work with your primary care physician to create a complete plan of care that meets your specific needs. Our support group provides education and long-term support that is significant in achieving permanent weight loss.
We offer various weight loss surgery procedures and will evaluate your condition to determine the most appropriate treatment.

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John Meilahn, M.D.

John Meilahn, M.D.
Bariatric Surgeon
215-248-8520