The Department of Surgery
Phone: (973) 322-5195
Fax: (973) 322-2471
Comprised of 16 surgical, diagnostic and support sections, the Department
of Surgery combines the skills of Saint Barnabas' surgeons with expert
perioperative care by specially trained nurses and other health care professionals.
The Department provides a range of complete to minimally invasive cardiac
procedures, cataract surgery, laser surgery, plus non-invasive diagnostic
testing for major and peripheral artery disease. The Department has an
independently approved residency program in general surgery, and provides
training for rotating otolaryngology residents.
The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas
is New Jersey's only state certified burn unit and provides treatment
for patients of all ages from throughout the state.
The Cancer Surgery Service of Saint Barnabas offers expert, state-of-the-art surgery for the simplest to the most complex
oncology problems. Designed specifically to meld into a multidisciplinary
care plan combining surgery with radiation therapy and chemotherapy as
necessary, our expert surgical oncologists emphasize patient-centered,
compassionate, and holistic care.
The Saint Barnabas Heart Centers
sets new standards in cardiac surgery and is a leader in Beating Heart Surgery.
The Transplant Surgery Section
performs the state's largest number of kidney transplants for dialysis-dependent
and diabetic patients.
The Short Stay Unit and the Ambulatory Surgery Center
provide high technology services, including breast, orthopaedic, cataract,
laser, and in-vitro fertilization procedures.
The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas
Phone: (973) 322-5920
Fax: (973) 322-8089
The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas, the state's only certified burn
treatment facility, is staffed by over 90 professionals in a dozen specialty
areas. Since 1977, burn patients of all ages have been transported to
The Burn Center by first aid squads, Saint Barnabas' Burn Transport
Service or by State Police helicopter. Information is available on the
services of The Burn Center and on the treatment of Burns.
The Saint Barnabas Heart Centers
Phone: (973) 322-2131
Fax: (973) 322-2411
The Heart Hospital of New Jersey at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is part
of the well-established cardiac program at Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center. The two hospitals, under the direction of Craig R. Saunders, M.D.,
Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Barnabas Health, is setting new
standards in adult cardiac surgery.
The cardiac team is comprised of cardiac specialists from some of the
nation's finest cardiac programs and includes cardiothoracic anesthesiologists,
clinical nurse coordinators, physician's assistants, advanced practice
nurses, specially trained cardiac surgery and Cardiothoracic Intensive
Care Unit (CTICU) nurses, perfusionists and many more specialized health
The team is dedicated to working exclusively with heart patients, their
families and significant others, and providing the most comprehensive
array of diagnostic and therapeutic adult and pediatric cardiac services
in the state.
Phone: 1-888-409-4707 or (973) 322-5938
Fax: (973) 322-8930
The Saint Barnabas Renal Transplant Centers at Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center are among the largest in the
Northeast and the busiest in the United States, treating more patients
than any other facility in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, or Boston.
Patients with end-stage renal disease may receive the full spectrum of
care, including comprehensive education about the transplant process,
cadaver or living donor transplantation, and pre- and post-transplantation services.
For more than 30 years, the Saint Barnabas Renal Transplant Centers have
been recognized as pioneers in the field of transplantation, performing
kidney, simultaneous pancreas/kidney and pancreas-after-kidney transplants.
They have performed several "medical firsts" in the state, including
transplantation on the youngest patient in New Jersey as well as the first
laparoscopic kidney retrieval. The Transplant Team is comprised of nephrologists,
surgeons, urologists, nurse coordinators, specially trained staff nurses,
dietitians, social workers and support staff. As part of its effort to
provide the highest quality care, the Transplant Department sponsors a
variety of support groups.
Ambulatory Surgery Center
Phone: (973) 322-7700
Fax: (973) 322-7701
As a leading provider of outpatient medical and surgical procedures in
New Jersey, this facility houses seven full-service, multi-specialty operating
rooms, three gastrointestinal endoscopy suites and three minor procedure
rooms. The Surgery Center has special accommodations for pediatric patients
and a staff of pediatric anesthesiologists. Separate adult and pediatric
preparatory and recovery areas are offered.
Department of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Prakash R Paragi MS, MD
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Department of Surgery
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Rd, Suite 1172
Livingston, NJ 0703
Is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to excellence in patient care,
clinical training, research and outcomes studies pertaining to the techniques
and technology of minimally invasive surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery (called laparoscopic surgery) is done through
small incisions using specialized techniques, miniature cameras, fiber-optic
lights and high definition monitors. Presently, a significant percent
of all operations, ranging from gall bladder surgery (the most common)
to heart bypasses are performed by this technique. For patients, minimally
invasive surgery means less trauma to the body, less blood loss, smaller
surgical scars and decreased need of pain medication. Patients who undergo
minimally invasive surgery experience less postoperative pain, shorter
hospital stays, early return to work and normal daily activities and less
post operative scarring.
Robot-assisted surgery is a specialized form of minimally invasive surgery that has a growing
use at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
MIS department promotes innovation and excellence through the development
of laparoscopic skills training. The MIS Center is a fully functional
surgical simulation center serving students, residents, and established
surgeons learning new laparoscopic surgery skills.
Saint Barnabas Medical Center is one of the largest and most experienced
minimally invasive surgery practices in the United States, performing
thousands of procedures each year. Minimally invasive surgery is performed
both on an inpatient (stay in the hospital) and outpatient (go home the
same day) basis.
Minimally invasive surgical procedures include advanced laparoscopic procedures
that are performed through either a single port or through a single incision.
Following are some of the types of minimally invasive surgery performed
at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
Gastroenterologic and General Surgery
- Laparoscopic appendectomy
- Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery
- Laparoscopic femoral hernia repair
- Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair
- Laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair
- Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair
- Laparoscopic lymph node biopsy
- Laparoscopic anti-reflux procedure
- Laparoscopic repair of hiatal hernias
- Laparoscopic esophageal myotomy
- Laparoscopic bariatric surgery
- Laparoscopic esophagectomy
- Laparoscopic procedure for selected stomach tumors
- Laparoscopic treatment of gastroparesis
- Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
- Laparoscopic splenectomy
- Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy
- Laparoscopic procedure for liver cysts, hepatic resections
- Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy
- Robotic surgery
Small Bowel, Colon and Rectal Surgery
- Laparoscopic treatment for large bowel tumors
Laparoscopic treatment for small bowel tumors includes treatment of:
- Colon cancer
- Colonic dysmotility — slow-transit constipation
- Crohn's disease
- Diverticulitis — diverticular disease
- Hereditary polyps -- e.g., Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Large polyps that cannot be removed at colonoscopy
- Rectal prolapse
- Ulcerative colitis
- Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) for hyperhidrosis
- Laparoscopic fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Laparoscopic myotomy for achalasia
- Laparoscopic repair of large hiatal hernia
- Minimally invasive lung surgery
- Minimally Invasive Diaphragmatic pacing
For more information about minimally invasive surgery at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center call 1-888-724-7123.