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Fox Chase Surgeons Offer Revolutionary Procedures to Perform Minimally Invasive Liver and Pancreatic Surgery

Fox Chase is one of only a handful of institutions in the world to offer advanced laparoscopic and minimally invasive techniques for patients with cancer of the liver, pancreas, bile duct and gallblader, including major liver surgery and complicated surgery of the pancreas, called Whipple procedures.

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Surgeons at the Forefront of Laparoscopic Cancer Surgery

John P. Hoffman, MD, FACS

John P. Hoffman, MD, FACS

John P. Hoffman, MD, FACS, chief of pancreaticobiliary surgery at Fox Chase, and James C. Watson, MD, FACS, are among the first surgeons in the Delaware Valley, and in some cases the world, to perform the following totally laparoscopic procedures:

  • splenectomy
  • distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy
  • distal pancreatectomy, spleen-preserving
  • liver resection
  • gastrectomy with gastrointestinal reconstruction
  • radical cholecystectomy

In a single-incision laparoscopy, the point of entry is the bellybutton. This procedure is ideally suited for treatment of benign tumors and diagnosis and staging of malignant diseases. Single-incision laparoscopic surgery currently consists of many procedures such as cholecystectomies and splenectomies and is also known as also known as SPA (single port access) and LESS (laparo-endoscopic single-site) surgery.

Full Spectrum of Surgical Options

James C. Watson, MD, FACS

James C. Watson, MD, FACS, has been a surgeon at Fox Chase for more than ten years

Together, this surgical team offers the full spectrum of surgical options for tumors of the liver, pancreas and bile-ducts, ranging from benign, premalignant and small malignant tumors suitable for minimally invasive procedures to large cancers requiring open resection and vascular reconstruction.

Fox Chase is considered to be "just the right size" to recover from major and minor HPB surgery. With its tranquil setting, the hospital is large enough to offer state-of-the-art, innovative technology for modern HPB clinical care, while small enough to ensure that patients will never lose that personal touch with their entire health-care team.

Experienced Surgeons

Our surgical team is fellowship-trained, meaning they have completed up to four years of additional training focused specifically on the highly complex techniques of cancer surgery, including minimally invasive procedures.

These surgeons not only know how to use the technology, but they have more experience using it than most surgeons in the area. They treat nearly all types of cancer with minimally invasive surgical techniques.