Last month, Indiana Regional Medical Center hit a milestone when performing the 100th robotic case. Another milestone was achieved on October 8, 2018 when Dan Clark, MD, FACS performed the first robotic hiatal hernia repair (Nissen Fundoplication) at IRMC. This marks the beginning of a journey to providing the safest and most advanced technology for any procedure that can benefit from minimally invasive surgery.
The Robotic Nissen Fundoplication procedure is done to help with poorly controlled reflux (heartburn, regurgitation, dysphagia) when medication cannot be tolerated or is ineffective. The surgeon wraps the top of the stomach around the lower esophagus and repairs the diaphragm. This aids in preventing backflow of acid. Dr. Clark preformed this surgery with IRMC’s Da Vinci Xi robot. Dr. Clark also does more complicated robotic hiatal hernia repairs, known as paraesophageal hernias as well.
When speaking with Dr. Clark, he said, “This is a first for IRMC, however, I have been doing this procedure robotically for nine years and laparoscopically for twenty-five. I am excited to be part of an ever growing team.”
Dr. Clark works alongside Dr.’s Billon, Billimoria, Boykiw and Guddeti at the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, 841 Hospital Road, Indiana, PA.