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Patients now have option of single-site gallbladder surgery
Surgeon at MultiCare Allenmore uses new tool that requires one tiny incision
MultiCare Allenmore Hospital is the first site in the South Sound to offer patients the option of single-site gall bladder surgery.
In this innovative new procedure, a patient’s gallbladder is removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, making the procedure virtually scarless.
The minimally invasive procedure is traditionally called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder).
Patients who opt for this procedure have a faster recovery time and spend less time in the hospital. The surgery can be performed in about one hour with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
The Food and Drug Administration cleared the specialized Single-Site instruments for use with the da Vinci System in December 2011. da Vinci is a robotic surgical system widely used in complex minimally invasive surgery.
During the procedure, the surgeon sits comfortably at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls below the viewer to move the instrument arms and camera. In real-time, the system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into more precise movements of the miniaturized instruments inside the patient.
Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, this new technology allows for a single incision in the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased gallbladder is removed.
MultiCare’s three hospitals – MultiCare Allenmore, MultiCare Tacoma General and MultiCare Good Samaritan - offer various types of robotic-assisted surgeries. In addition to gallbladder removal, surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery in orthopedics, gynecology, urology and other specialties. For information on robotic and other minimally invasive surgeries at MultiCare, visit multicare.org.
Posted on Dec 11, 2012 in News Release