Archbold First in Region with Single Incision Gallbladder Surgery
Friday, May 17, 2013
Last year, Archbold Memorial Hospital expanded its minimally invasive surgery program to include single-incision robotic surgery, making the hospital the first in the region to offer the cutting-edge approach to treat gallbladder disease.
In many cases, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder disease. Symptoms often include severe pain or aching in the upper abdomen, back or right shoulder blade and nausea or upset stomach accompanied by a dull ache beneath the ribs or breastbone.
Thanks to the single-incision approach, surgeons at Archbold are able to remove the gallbladder with a single tiny incision through the belly button.
“We use that tiny, single entry point for all tools needed to remove the gallbladder,” said John Cascone, M.D., Archbold general surgeon.
And according to Cascone, that one incision offers big patient benefits.
“The single-incision approach offers patients minimal bleeding, less pain and often results in shorter recovery time. In addition, patients appreciate the fact there is virtually no visible scaring,” said Cascone.
Single-incision robotic surgery provides a 10x high-definition, three-dimensional camera and attached light. This actually provides the surgeon a more clear and detailed view of the operative field than does either open or laparoscopic surgery.
“Robotic surgery has revolutionized many procedures we perform,” said Ed Hall, M.D., Archbold general surgeon. “Using robotic surgery for the gallbladder allows us to reduce the number of incisions from four to one single incision that is less than an inch and lies within the base of the belly button.”
Archbold was selected as the first hospital in the region to introduce single-incision robotic surgery largely because of its success with robotic lung surgery.
In addition, Hall was selected as one of the first 50 surgeons in the country to be given access to this technology.
Cascone and Hall anticipate single incision surgery will soon be available as treatment for other conditions.
“Single-incision surgery is currently a great option for gallbladder treatment,” said Cascone.
Hall added, “And over time, this technology will be expanded as treatment for other abdominal conditions such as acid reflux and diseases of the colon.”