Presbyterian Hospital’s high-tech, multi-specialty minimally invasive surgery program featuring the da Vinci surgical system performs robotic procedures for gynecology, urology and general surgery. Now, surgeons at Presbyterian Hospital, home to one of the leading da Vinci programs in the state, are using the da Vinci system for gallbladder removal procedures.
Nearly one million people throughout the United States annually will face gallbladder removal surgery, and this new, minimally invasive procedure offers patients a safe surgical option with less scarring, less pain and faster recovery. This computer enhanced surgical system integrates the best features of minimally invasive and traditional surgery.
The da Vinci system is commonly referred to as a robot, but the device is actually controlled by the surgeon. The da Vinci system offers direct 3-D visualization, full range of motion and an intuitive sense of control for surgeons. “The procedure ultimately provides better cosmetic outcomes and a much quicker recovery for the patient overall,” said Wyatt Fowler, MD, who performed the first gallbladder removal surgery at Presbyterian Hospital on July 20.
Additionally, this new minimally invasive technique is less painful due to no incisions in the upper portion of the abdomen and essentially no trace of a scar. The procedure uses one incision hidden in the belly button or curving below the belly button and typically lasts between 45 minutes to an hour. The traditional approach, a laparoscopic procedure, requires four small incisions. Patients with a history of prior abdomen surgeries or who are overweight should typically avoid this type of procedure.
In 2004, Presbyterian Hospital was the first in Charlotte to offer patients the benefits of one of the most advanced minimally invasive surgery technologies available. The da Vinci system was first used at Presbyterian Hospital for atrial septal defect repair, mitral valve repair and radical prostatectomy (prostate removal surgery). Since then, the program in Charlotte has performed nearly 3,000 da Vinci cases. Presbyterian Hospital now has two da Vinci robots.
Presbyterian currently offers gynecologic, urologic and general surgeries performed with the da Vinci robot. Physicians undergo extensive training with the minimally invasive robotic surgery system. More in-depth, procedure-specific training typically follows as well. To learn more or to find a physician train in minimally invasive robotic surgery, contact 704-384-CARE (2273) or visit www.presbyterian.org/davinci.
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