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Robotic scarless gallbladder surgery

Date:
December 11, 2012
Source:
LifeBridge Health
Summary:
Surgeons have performed a gallbladder surgery using just one incision, leaving patients without a noticeable scar.

Special instruments for the da Vinci Surgical System allow Youssef to remove the gallbladder through just a one inch incision in a patient's navel.
Credit: Intuitive Surgical

Yassar Youssef, M.D., is the first surgeon in Baltimore City to perform gallbladder surgery using just one incision and the da Vinciฎ Surgical System. Because the single incision of about an inch is made in the patient's navel, he or she is left without a noticeable scar.

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Additional patient benefits are less pain, less blood loss and a faster recovery compared even with minimally invasive gallbladder removal that requires multiple incisions. This is good news for the one million Americans who need their gallbladders removed each year, most of whom are candidates for this single-site, robotic approach.

"Neither robotic surgery or single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the gallbladder requires special training and equipment," says Youssef. "To be one of the first hospitals to offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Sinai Hospital's leadership in providing patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive surgical options."

More than any other hospital in Maryland, Sinai Hospital has made technologic investments in its da Vinci Surgical System; in addition to having da Vinci Single-Site™ instruments that enable Youssef to perform gallbladder removal, the hospital has two da Vinci units, an extra console allowing two surgeons to operate in tandem on a patient, and other advanced instruments. Sinai's sister hospital, Northwest, also has its own da Vinci Surgical System. Youssef has plans to train other surgeons on the da Vinci, including those in Sinai's surgical residency program.

Sinai Hospital is a part of LifeBridge Health, one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of health services in northwest Baltimore. LifeBridge Health also includes Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and related subsidiaries and affiliates.


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LifeBridge Health. "Robotic scarless gallbladder surgery." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 December 2012. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121211143757.htm>.
LifeBridge Health. (2012, December 11). Robotic scarless gallbladder surgery. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 31, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121211143757.htm
LifeBridge Health. "Robotic scarless gallbladder surgery." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121211143757.htm (accessed January 31, 2015).

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