Medical Center of Trinity February 04, 2013

The technology of robotics combined with a single-site incision provides patients with a more comfortable, virtually painless gallbladder procedure.

Pasco/Pinellas/Hillsborough County, Florida – Medical Center of Trinity is proud to announce that it now offers Single-Site Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), using the da Vinci Surgical System. General surgeon Keith Chisholm, MD has performed the first procedure done in Pasco and North Pinellas Counties.

Traditionally called a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the now minimally invasive robotic procedure combines the technology of the da Vinci System with a single incision through the patient’s belly button.

“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”, said Keith Chisholm, M.D., General Surgeon, who uses the da Vinci surgical system for other surgical procedures. “This single-site incision is approximately one inch long and allows patients the benefits of minimally invasive surgery; typically less bleeding, less pain and a quicker return to activities, with almost no visible scar”.

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 gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders.

During the surgery, doctors view a magnified, three dimensional image of the surgical site while sitting at a console next to the patient. The doctor then controls four robotic arms which extend and enhance his ability to maneuver in smaller spaces.

“The magnification and three-dimensional optics of this surgical system along with added dexterity using the special instruments help the physician perform the operation in a safe, efficient manner. Patients are pleased with both the ease of their physical recovery and the fact that they aren’t left with large scars”, said Dr. Chisholm.

Prior to the da Vinci single-site cholecystectomy, gallbladder surgery required several incisions underneath the ribcage, at the belly button, which left patients to face longer recoveries and more scars.