– A new procedure using da Vinci Single-Site™ incision allows surgeons to remove the gallbladder using one small incision instead of multiple incisions. Paul Newman, MD, with Lancaster Surgical Group is one of the first surgeons in Pennsylvania to perform the da Vinci Single-Site. The benefits of the robotic-assisted procedure include reduced procedure time and pain for the patient, a faster recovery time and shortened hospital stay.
"With only one incision in the belly button, the procedure is virtually scarless," said Dr. Newman. "The robotically-assisted da Vinci Single-Site increases visibility, instrument control and reach compared to the traditional single-incision manual laparoscopic surgery." In 2011, 739 cholecystectomies were performed at Lancaster General Health, 687 were laparoscopic and 52 were open procedures.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc., makers of the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System received FDA approval in December 2011 specifically for removal of diseased gallbladders. The system enables surgeons to reduce the traditional number of incisions from four to six small incisions to one incision less than an inch in length.
Paul Newman, MD