Penn Vet Opens State-of-the-Art Buerger Family Foundation Minimally Invasive Surgery Suite

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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | skell@vet.upenn.edu | 215-898-1475December 15, 2011

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) recently opened its new, state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical suite at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital. The Buerger Family Foundation Surgery Suite is the first of its kind in any veterinary teaching hospital and is one of the only operating rooms in veterinary medicine that offers a comprehensive array of minimally invasive surgical procedures for companion animals. The Buerger Family Foundation named the suite with their generous gift to support the construction as well as the Minimally Invasive Shelter Animal Spay Program.

Minimally invasive surgical procedures allow for quicker recovery times, shorter hospital stays and less opportunity for post-surgery infection. Types of procedures available in the Ryan Hospital suite include:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Interventional radiology
  • Interventional endoscopy
  • Minimally invasive fracture repair

Ryan Hospital’s minimally invasive surgical suite includes the KARL STROZ OR1® Integration System; the Berchtold lighting and boom system; and Covidien Electrosurgical Force Triad Unit. The integration equipment transmits information from various video and data sources and routes it to multiple locations both inside and outside the operating room. The surgical cameras, C-Arm fluoroscope, PACS, Internet images and network data can be sent to any of the six displays within the suite, as well as to a display in an observation area outside the suite.

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