Durham Regional Hospital is expanding its surgical options by offering single-incision surgery using the da Vinci® Si™ surgical robot.
A surgical team at Durham Regional recently performed their first single-incision cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) with robotic assistance. The patient’s gallbladder was removed through an incision of approximately one inch in the belly button. The surgery was performed in about one hour with a hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
Robotic surgery and single-incision surgery are not new, but combining the two is the next step in the evolution of surgical offerings, according to surgeon Dana Portenier, MD, who performed the cholecystectomy.
Potential benefits of robotic single-incision surgery may include minimal pain and scarring, less blood loss, shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery. Traditional robotic surgeries typically require three to five small incisions, but this new technology allows for a single-incision in the belly button.
During the procedure, the surgeon sits at a console, viewing a 3D, high-definition image of the patient’s anatomy. The surgeon uses controls 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.
Most people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic single-incision surgery. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders.
Durham Regional offers various types of robot-assisted surgeries. In addition to gallbladder removal, surgeons at Durham Regional perform robot-assisted surgery in gynecology, urology, weight loss surgery and other general surgery procedures. The hospital also offers a wide range of minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgeries.
For information on robotic surgery at Durham Regional, visit durhamregional.org/robotics.