Dr. Herrera Discusses Single-Site Gallbladder Surgery on First Coast News
Thanks to the new single-site advancement to the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, doctors can now complete the surgery in a shorter amount of time and with better accuracy and fewer complications. While traditional robotic surgery requires three or four small incisions, the new version of the technology requires just a single incision into the belly button in order to remove the gallbladder.
During a minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci system, the robotic arms are attached to surgical equipment. These arms are controlled by the surgeon who is seated at a console several feet away from the patient. Using the console, the surgeon is able to visualize the patient and the procedure using a high-definition 3-D image. As surgery begins, the robotic arms enter through a single-incision in the belly button, about one inch in diameter.
This method provides various patient benefits including minimal scarring, less bleeding, quicker recovery times and a shorter stay in the hospital.
For more information about robotic assisted surgery at St. Vincent’s, visit www.jaxhealth.com/robotics.