Surgical Services at Penn

SurgiCentre at the Perelman Center

Each year, Penn Surgery attracts an increasing number of patients from Philadelphia, the mid-Atlantic region and across the nation – with growth of nearly 10 percent in the last year alone – by providing the best and most innovative surgical care in the region, for cases ranging from the simplest to the most complex and challenging.

The SurgiCentre at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine includes:

  • 8 Operating Rooms – 600 square feet each (30% larger than required by code) which provides maximum flexibility to accommodate ever-changing technologies
  • 32 Pre-operative and Recovery beds
  • OR Supply and Processing Support

Since Penn Surgery's earliest days – which began with the nation's first professor of surgery at the first School of Medicine, as well as the first surgical amphitheatre in the United States – Penn's surgeons have continued the department's longstanding traditions of excellence and innovation:

  • Cardiothoracic surgeons at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania recently became the first in the region to implant the HeartMate II, a next-generation heart pump, to treat late-stage heart failure.
  • Penn otorhinolaryngologists are pioneering the use of robotic surgery for removal of head and neck tumors, greatly reducing the surgical trauma and helping to preserve speech, swallowing and other functions.
  • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is one of only seven centers in the nation to train vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons in the use of a novel, minimally invasive stent deployment device to treat life-threatening descending thoracic aortic aneurysm, which traditionally requires complex, grueling surgery.

As surgical techniques and technology evolve, Penn Cardiac Care is able to perform a growing number of surgeries on an outpatient basis. The SurgiCentre at the Perelman Center allows us to do so more efficiently, with streamlined patient service.


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