Single-site robotic surgery available at Howard Young Medical Center

(WOODRUFF, Wis.) – Among the first facilities in northern Wisconsin to perform robotic surgery, Ministry Health Care’s Howard Young Medical Center is using the latest technology to offer a safe alternative to patients who require gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy). Using the da Vinci® Surgical System, an advanced surgical robotics technology, Howard Young Medical Center surgeons are leading the way in performing minimally invasive and complex procedures using small incisions and precise, controlled movements.

In this single-site procedure, surgeons operate through one small incision in the navel, providing numerous benefits. Patients who undergo gallbladder removal through single-site robotic surgery can likely return to normal activities within a few days following the surgery.

“The old way to perform a cholecystectomy is to make a large incision in the abdomen to remove the gallbladder. Advances in technology lead to laparoscopic removal of the gallbladder, which requires 3 or four small incisions,” said Justin Cebery, manager of surgical services. “With the single-site procedure, surgeons are able to make a single small incision inside the belly button using the da Vinci system, resulting in minimal scarring, minimal blood loss, minimal pain and a quick recovery.”

Though the actual procedural movements are performed using the robotic arms, the surgeon controls all movements from a console near the operating table.

“The console provides the surgeon with a magnified, 3D view of the procedure and is linked to the single-site instruments,” Cebery said. “The controls are operated by the surgeon and translated into highly precise movements of the instruments. This translates into a high level of precision and control when handling delicate tissues.”

Howard Young Medical Center has performed ten cholecystectomy surgeries since purchasing the da Vinci system in February.

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