SAMARITAN MEDICAL CENTER SURGEONS OFFER GALLBLADDER REMOVAL THROUGH BELLY BUTTON INCISION WITH DA VINCI® ROBOTIC SURGICAL SYSTEM

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Watertown, NY – The surgical team at Samaritan Medical Center is proud to provide patients with the most minimally invasive surgical options, including single-incision gallbladder removal using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. During a da Vinci® Single-Site™ Cholecystectomy a patient’s gallbladder is removed through one tiny incision in the belly button, approximately one inch, making the procedure virtually scarless.

Potential benefits of Single-Site gallbladder surgery may include virtually scarless surgery, minimal pain, low blood loss, fast recovery, a short hospital stay and high patient satisfaction.

"Neither robotic-assisted surgery nor single-incision surgery is new, but combining the two to remove the gallbladder requires additional training and special equipment," says Dr. Robert O. Kimball. "To offer this technically advanced surgery demonstrates Samaritan’s leadership in providing patients with the most minimally invasive surgical options."

“Single-Site instruments used with the da Vinci Surgical System are the next step in the evolution of surgical technologies,” Dr. Eduardo B. Barayuga said. “We are truly excited to be a leader today in the surgical treatment of tomorrow.”

Both Drs. Barayuga and Kimball of Samaritan General Surgery Practice perform Single-Site robotic-assisted gallbladder surgery.

Unlike traditional robotic surgeries requiring three to five small incisions, this technology allows for a single incision in the belly button where instruments are placed and the diseased gallbladder is removed.

Gallbladder disease affects 10-15% of adults in the United States and Europe. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgery is the recommended treatment for gallbladder pain from gallstones and non-functioning gallbladders. More than 1 million people in the U.S. have their gallbladder removed each year. Many people who require gallbladder removal are candidates for the robotic-assisted, single-incision surgery.

Samaritan offers various types of robotic-assisted surgeries. In addition to gallbladder removal, surgeons perform robotic-assisted surgery in urology, general surgery and gynecology. Samaritan also offers a wide range of minimally invasive conventional laparoscopic surgeries.

For information on robotic and other minimally invasive surgeries at Samaritan Medical Center, visit our web site at www.samaritanhealth.com/robotics.

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