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Penn State Health is second in nation to offer new robotic surgery

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is only the second institution in the nation to use a new robotic surgical device just approved by the FDA in October for head and neck surgery.

Dr. David Goldenberg, professor and chief of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, will be the second U.S. surgeon to perform an operation using the Flex Robotic System, which makes it possible to easily access locations in the body that were previously difficult or impossible to reach using minimally invasive techniques.

Robotic surgery as a whole is minimally invasive, which means that because patients have fewer and smaller incisions – if any – they have less pain and faster recovery and discharge.

To learn more about the new Flex Robotic System at Penn State Hershey, read this Penn State Medicine article.

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Photo gallery: Dr. Goldenberg operating the Flex Robotic System

An overview of the Flex Robotic System (from

A video animation demonstrating set-up and use of the Flex Robotic System:

Click here for a high-definition downloadable version of this video.


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