Each year, about one million people in the United States undergo cholecystectomy procedures (gallbladder removal surgery) typically through open-site or laparoscopic surgery.
However, a new procedure using the da Vinci Single-Site surgery, the latest in robotic-assisted surgery, promises to revolutionize the procedure and patient recovery by removing the gallbladder using one tiny incision through the belly button.
In December of 2011, the FDA approved the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System for single-site cholecystectomies. The system enables surgeons to perform the gallbladder removal through one incision about an inch in length as compared to the traditional 4 to 5 small incisions generally used on this type of procedure.
“This state-of-the-art surgical platform provides the surgeon with better visibility, instrument control and improved access to the affected area as compared to the traditional single-incision manual laparoscopic surgery,” said Dr. Jason Knudtson, surgeon at Rose Medical Center. “It allows the surgeon to perform this operation with breakthrough precision and provides a better recovery for patients afterwards.”
The typical procedure only takes 30 to 40 minutes, and patients experience less pain and scarring.
“We are proud to continue to be one of Colorado’s leaders in robotic surgery,” said Lynne Wagner, Chief Nursing Officer of Rose Medical Center. “The da Vinci single-site technique is an innovative addition to the hospital’s robotics program that continues to grow and expand to provide benefits to patients.”
Other surgeons at Rose also perform robotic surgery for gynecologic, urologic, gynecologic oncology, infertility and general surgery cases. More than 15 surgeons at Rose use the robotic surgery system.