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Lankenau Medical Center colorectal surgeon performs 2,000th laparoscopic colon resection

Lankenau Medical Center March 29, 2016 News Releases

John H Marks, Section Chief of Colorectal Surgery at Main Line Health, and Medical Director of the Colorectal Cancer Program at Lankenau Medical Center, recently performed his 2,000th colon resection.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Marks, with his exceptional knowledge and expertise at Lankenau Medical Center,” says Phil Robinson, President of Lankenau Medical Center. “He is setting the standard of care for colorectal cancer treatment on an international level. His extraordinary milestone comes during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, which serves as a reminder for all members of our community to be proactive in preventing and screening for colorectal cancer.”

As a global leader in the field of colorectal surgery, Dr. Marks has introduced several surgical techniques—such as Robotic Tata, Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery and Single Incision Laparoscopic procedures—to spare colon and sphincter function with little to no scarring, resulting in thousands of patients who go on to lead normal lives after a diagnosis of colon and rectal cancers. His expertise continues to receive attention from across the nation and the globe, with patients traveling from Mexico, Nepal, Europe and Africa, among other places.

“I am so proud and pleased to be able to offer these treatments to our patients,” says John Marks, MD. “With the support of the fantastic team at Lankenau, thousands of patients have been given the ability to get back to their normal daily routines quicker, and with less pain, using the laparoscopic and new robotic technology. What we've been able to build here at Lankenau has drawn not only patients, but also surgeons from around the country and the world who want to learn about the minimally invasive techniques of robotics and TATA, and can then take these techniques home to help and heal so many more. It's the medical version of the ‘butterfly effect’.”

Under his leadership at Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health, 90–95 percent of colorectal surgeries are performed laparoscopically. The sphincter preservation rate for this approach, which eliminates the need for a colostomy bag, is 93 percent at Lankenau vs. 40–60 percent for the national average. This statistic is encouraging for patients facing a colorectal cancer diagnosis as they strive to thrive and not just survive.

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre campus just outside of Philadelphia, Lankenau Medical Center is a 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education, that trains over 100 new physicians each year through nationally ranked residency and fellowship programs. Lankenau has received both regional and national recognition for its excellence in providing state-of-the-art, quality care. Lankenau Medical Center has been named among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and top five in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Lankenau was also ranked as high performing in all nine of the Common Core specialty areas that the publication analyzes, including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Lankenau has also earned the highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation.


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