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About Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery during which doctors use very small surgical instruments that fit into a patient’s body through a series of tiny incisions. These instruments are mounted on three robotic arms, allowing a surgeon maximum range and precision of motion as he or she performs the procedure. A fourth arm holds a high-definition, three-dimensional camera that enhances visualization and guides the surgeon during the procedure.

The procedure is performed in a dedicated operating room using one of our state-of-the-art da Vinci® surgical systems.

Because robotic-assisted surgery requires very small incisions, appropriately selected patients can benefit from less surgical trauma, minimal scarring, and faster recovery times than with traditional open surgery.

Meet the Robotic-Assisted Surgery Team

Together, Penn State Health St. Joseph and Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center are joining to bring advanced surgical technology program to Berks County. St. Joseph’s robotic-assisted surgery team include experienced surgeons and operating room staff.

Dr. Lesley Sweeney

Lesley Sweeney is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who earned her medical degree at the Penn State University Milton S. Hershey Medical School, where she also did her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Sweeney welcomes women in all phases of life, whether its young adult, preparation for family or pre and post-menopause. When and if medical issues arise, Dr. Sweeney will blend the latest advances in Gynecological science to create treatment options that meet her patients’ unique needs. Her range of clinical skills includes in-office treatment and minimally invasive hospital surgery. She is a member of the Penn State Health Medical Group.

Dr. Jessika Kissling

Jessika M. Kissling, MD, is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She earned her undergraduate degree at The George Washington University and her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine.

She joins Penn State Health St. Joseph from the Lancaster Physicians for Women medical group. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. She also is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a member of the Penn State Health Medical Group

Dr. Tim Grube

Tim Grube, DO, of Grube Gynecology of Schuylkill County, Pa, is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist who has been in practice for almost 16 years and has utilized robotic-assisted surgery in his practice for years.

Dr. Grube’s undergraduate degree is from Juniata College. He completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he also completed both his internship and residency.

Jamie Gretsky PA-C

Jamie Gretsky is a board-certified Physician Assistant (PA). He received my undergraduate degree in Biology at Penn State University and master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from DeSales University.

Jamie has 15 years’ experience as a PA, first assisting in surgery with a focus on Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. He previously worked on a Robotics-Assisted Surgery Team in Schuylkill County.

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In the News

St. Joseph expands surgical technology capabilities with Penn State Health program, and generosity of Berks couple

Photo Courtesy of Reading Eagle

Penn State Health is expanding the availability of its advanced surgical expertise to the Berks region this month, an effort bolstered by the generosity of a Berks County couple.

Ray and Carole Neag have pledged $2 million to Penn State Health St. Joseph for the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi(r) surgical system. The purchase gives St. Joseph the latest robotic surgery system in the region.

The da Vinci Xi(r) is the next frontier for minimally invasive surgery and is especially… read more

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